Brief Guide To Growing Sea Buckthorn
Specialists say sea buckthorn is the accessible version of the ginseng in terms of C vitamin content and other nutrients. Widely used in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry, the fruit of buckthorn carry with them the true potential of a lucrative business idea. With a proper research, some money to invest and patience on the side, growing sea buckthorn can bring you a consistent profit in a couple of years. Here are more details on this topic.
Sea Buckthorn plant is a rare species of fruit. It is in the family Elaeagnaceae and is native to Europe and Asia. The plant is used for soil and wildlife conservation but also produces some tasty, tart (but citrusy) berries high in nutrient value. Also called Seaberry plants, Buckthorn has many species, but they all bear common characteristics. Given its low attention needs and substantial health benefits, interest in growing this amazing plant for commercial purposes is quickly increasing.
Horticulturists and landscapers treasure the sea buckthorn bush because it is an excellent retainer of soil. It controls erosion by trapping soil in its dense root system, and it requires very little maintenance in order to flourish. The brilliant orange berries, which appear after four or five years, add an exciting touch of color to any landscaping design.
Sea buckthorn is easy to plant, either by simply placing the hard, small seeds in the ground or by using cuttings. When cultivating the plant, it is important to make sure that there is an even distribution of male and female plants in an area, or pollination will fail. Areas with plenty of sunlight and no shade at all are the best environments for planting.
The sea buckthorn does not give up its nutrient-rich berries and seeds easily. Picking them by hand is very time-consuming and difficult, since the fruit is firmly attached to the branches and protected by sharp thorns. Researchers have yet to find an efficient method of mechanically harvesting berries in the field; the best methods to date collect only about half of the berries and leave the rest behind. By far the easiest way to harvest the berries is to cut down the bush, freeze the branches, and knock the berries off. People may think that this method is harmful to the plant, however, careful trimming will actually stimulate the sea buckthorn tree to bears more fruit in two years with a result of increased production.
Although harvesting can be a challenge, mature shrubs can yield 3.0 to 5.0 kg for processing into food (jam, jelly), pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, beverage, dyes and more.
Sources: Seabuckthorninsider.com, Gardeningknowhow.com
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