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Re: [nafex] Re: Sea buckthorn / seaberry / Hippophae rhamnoides

I am still trying with seabuckthorn but do not yet have a crop.  Three
springs ago I put in 3 named varieties from One Green World, but he male did
not live and am left with 2 vigorous  healthy females in a clay soil.  Two
springs ago I got 10 seedlings  from bear creek and planted 2 near the
aforementioned females and 8 in another spot (the north slope of my septic
system bank where snow lingers but gets full sun the summer months.  I
envisioned grafting  the named verities onto  the "extra "male seedlings but
how anyone can graft one  knobby thorny stem to another is beyond me.  Last
spring in circumstances I won't elaborate on I had a 26 inch white pine and
numerous red oak tops  dropped on the 8 seedlings and I did not get the mess
cleaned up for over a month but 5 lived through the beating.  Last fall I
added 2 male and 2 female named varieties that were potted and got them in
the ground just before freezeup.  Last summer I tried rooting summer
cuttings  to no avail  and this year plan to try some air and regular
layering  on  the vigorous females.  In this discussion I note  that  some
of you in more moderate climates (I am zone 5 by low temperature but 4 by
summer coolness) have given up on seabuckthorn, but that at least 3
nurseries owned by NAFEX members in moderate climates  (Edible Landscaping,
Burnt Ridge , and One Green World } sing their praises. Perhaps a nearby
member of this list could investigate sometime.

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