Hippophaes: planting, cultivation, care and harvest

The sea buckthorn (not to be confused with the strawberry) is a thorny shrub that can reach 5 meters in height. With this many colorful and edible fruits which can be harvested during the winter, this very hardy shrub will bring color to the garden during this period. Easy to grow, this plant adapts very well to our exterior. Here are all our tips for growing sea buckthorn.

Where, when and how to plant sea buckthorn?

Sea buckthorn is not picky about the composition of the soil in which it is planted. That’s all it takes light Good drainage. However, exposure is important. It is necessary to choose a place where the sun will be present all year round. Tolerates dry weather quite well, can be planted in spring or autumn.

For planting sea buckthorn, nothing could be simpler. Prepare a wide and deep pit. If the subject is in a pot, remove the latter and then lighten the roots a bit to release them from the soil. Add a mouse to the hole with the bush and then tamp the soil well by filling it. Tie your bush to the stake preferably with a figure 8 knot.

sea ​​buckthorn
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sea ​​buckthorn maintenance

The advantage of this shrub is that it does not require special attention. You just have to prune the first few years and remove dead branches as you go.

It is not susceptible to disease and does not seem to attract any pests.

sea ​​buckthorn fruit

The yellow-orange berries are collected from late autumn and all winter. Before harvesting, be sure to protect yourself, because the thorns they make the task of selection rather complicated.

It is possible to shake the bush for the fruit to fall a tarp or a cloth on the floor. Clean the fruit with water. They can be consumed plain, but there is the possibility of consuming them in other forms such as juice, syrup or jam. They will perfectly add a sweet touch to your yogurts.