UPDATE: 3-7-17 - sold out online. Seeds now for sale.
Plants available on site.
For stratified seeds with 85% germination rate (tested early March): send 15 dollars and a self addressed stamped envelope for 100 stratified, tested seeds to 66 Deans Mountain Road, Moretown, VT 05660.
Ordering now up! Till all out.
Picking up plants = 15% discount and no shipping.
[NOTE: photos on this website are ALL of our plants grown on site - not resold plants as many "nurseries" provide.]
The seaberry, hippophae rhamnoides or seabuckthorn, has been revered for centuries as a restorative health tonic. In modern times science has revealed potent levels of antioxidants and other cancer-resisting compounds and affects in the seaberry oil, pulp, leaves and skin. Seaberry is especially exceptional in it's Omega 7 content along with the fact that it has 20-40x the vitamin C of oranges, many times the Vitamin A of carrots and also large quanities of Vitamin E. It's truly an antioxidant powerhouse of rare status. It is extemely hardy, capable of withstanding -45F (zone 2), yet we've seen it growing in Tuscany Italy (zone 9ish). Few plants so adaptable to a shifting climate exist. Amazingly, seabuckthorn also enhances soil by fixing nitrogen - very rare for a fruiting plant. [Seaberry is NOT related to buckthorn and is not in the same genus or plant family.]
We have been planting, propagating and producing seaberry and seaberry-based medicines and plants and providing them to the region for about 8 years. We have also designed and planted two of the largest seaberry farms in the United States and been a leading proponent of these plants. Whole Systems Design, LLC has been the first commercial supplier of seaberry medicine, seaberry tonics and seaberry salve in the United States. Our products are grown in a permaculture ecosystem and formulated by Herbalist and Nuturopathic Doctor Erica Koch, ND.
We have much to learn about this amazing plant but have experimented with every variety currently available in the US and various methods of propagation as well as medicine preparation. Ben Falk's book expounds on the benefits of this plant for both people and land and is, to our knowledge, one of the most thorough account of seaberry in print in the US. There are some great offshore publications about seaberry as well.
Some images of the seaberry production at our farms:
Freshly grafted seaberry plants (grafted with an assortment of our best varietal selections, bareroot): 16" to 24" about 2 yr old, well rooted beatiful plants which will bear the year after planting or the next if taken care of well. If well watered, mulched and fed our customers have reported vigrous growth often to 4-5' in the first summer! Each batch of 10 contain at least 2 varieties and 2-3 male seedlings which may or may not be grafted as well. We ship in winter/spring 2016 as orders are recieved. These plants must be planted out right away in pots or in the ground or, kept cool and moist like in a root cellar until early April to early May. They must be kept still without the graft unions moved until then. It's easy to do but takes care. They can be potted up in a greenhouse now as well and moved outside in late spring. They are dormant bare root plants with fresh grafts.
NO MORE SALES UNTIL 2017 MOST LIKELY.
TO order: Send a check to 66 Deans Mountain Road, Moretown, VT 05660 with a note inside the envelope which includes:
-number of seaberries available only in multiples of 10.
-a check or money order in $USD for $75 for each pack of 10 seaberry plants, made to "Whole Systems Design-Ben Falk".
-a note clearly showing the US address to ship to with name.
If any of the above are not included we will tear up and recycle the check and envelope - we can't process orders which are not complete, it's too time consuming to track down the information. We will not ship out the US.
More about seaberry's highly unusual properties:
- Exceptional essential fatty acid content.
- Nitrogen fixer
- Hardy from USDA zones 3 (maybe 2b) to 7 for sure, probably 8 (I've seen growing in Tuscany Italy and have heard first hand reports of them growing in central Canada where it gets to -50F)
- Nearly deer proof (very resistant to browse once established and even early on with thorns present)
- All parts medicinal from leaves to fruit to bark (non fruit parts used as a tea for centuries)
- Fast growing and drought tolerant
- Soil hardy - we've grown them well in everyting from sandy to heavy dense clay
- Birds do not harvest them much if at all
- But great bird nest habitat
- Needs full to 3/4 day sun minimum
- Exceptionally wind hardy - great wind heedge and snow fence
- Salt tolerant - grows on Siberian coastal dunes
- Bears every year, bears at a young age
- Flowers hardy to below 20F - exceptionally reliable and resilient in the face of late frosts
- Maintenance free once established -no need to prune
|Constituents of Sea Buckthorn Fruit (per 100 grams fresh berries)|
|Vitamin C||200-1,500 mg (typical amount: 600 mg)|
|Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols)||Up to 180 mg (equal to about 270 IU)|
|Folic acid||Up to 80 mcg|
|Carotenoids, including beta carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthine; these contribute the yellow-orange-red colors of the fruit||30-40 mg|
|Fatty acids (oils); the main unsaturated fatty acids are oleic acid (omega-9), palmitoleic acid (omega-7), palmitic acid and linoleic acid (omega-6), and linolenic acid (omega-3); there are also saturated oils and sterols (mainly β-sitosterol)||6-11% (3-5% in fruit pulp, 8-18% in seed); fatty acid composition and total oil content vary with subspecies|
|Organic acids other than ascorbic (e.g., quinic acid, malic acid; ingredients similar to those found in cranberries)||Quantity not determined; expressed juice has pH of 2.7-3.3|
|Flavonoids (e.g., mainly isorhamnetin, quercetin glycosides, and kaempferol; these are the same flavonoids as found in Ginkgo biloba.||100-1,000 mg (0.1% to 1.0%)|
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