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Growing Sea Berry

Growing Sea Berry

Leikora Sea Berry

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Also called Sea Buckthorn, this large, hardy fruiting shrub is not commonly grown in American gardens but is very popular worldwide. Vigorous, attractive plants with silvery leaves. Fruit remains on branches into winter and is often eaten by wild birds. Stems are sometimes used in cut flower arrangements as a filler. Plants are hardy in zones 3 to 8. Fruit is tasty, with a flavor similar to orange combined with passionfruit, and is rich in vitamins A, C, and E. Used to make juice, jam, wine, and flavor liquors. There are separate male and female plants, and one male plant is needed for every 6 to 8 female plants to ensure good pollination. Begins fruiting 2 to 3 years after planting.

Maintenance

Very tough, easy-to-grow plants for full sun to partly shaded sites. Plants are very adaptable, and tolerate sandy soils, frost, strong winds, and salty conditions. Weed control is important when plants are being established. Light pruning can help keep plants vigorous and productive. Remove crowded shoots and thorny stems.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165) or low rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085) or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other less commonly-grown fruiting shrubs include Breda Giant Medlar (30430), Lingonberry (30285), and Nero Aronia (20085). 

Complimentary Products

Plants fix nitrogen and have low fertility requirements, but benefit from occasional fertilization. The Swedish Berry Picker (53086) makes picking fruit easier.

Product Recommendations

Use Bird-X Netting to prevent birds from damaging fruit.

Sea Berry Facts

Usually not troubled by pests or diseases, but aphids, mites, scale, fusarium wilt, and verticillium wilt sometimes attack plants. Mice and other rodents may feed on stems in winter. Leaves can be used to make tea.

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