Altaiskaya Sea Buckthorn (Female)
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Species: Hippophae rhamnoides
History: Altaiskaya sea buckthorn was created in 1981 at the Lisavenko Research Institute in Altai Krai, a federal subject of Russia. The variety name 'Altai' likely comes from the region while the suffix 'skaya' denotes being from somewhere (ie. from Altai) and adds a feminine form.
Why We Grow It: Altaiskaya produces large berries with an excellent sweet flavour. The large yields combined with relatively few thorns makes this a good variety for harvesting by hand. It can be used for preserves and baking, and is a good option for juice due to the large fruit.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 3
Soil Preference: Prefers clay loam but adaptable to different soil types
Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Shrub reaches about 1.5m tall, produces heavy crops. Resistant to disease.
Thorns: Yes, but relatively few compared to other varieties
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)
Pollination: Requires a male plant for pollination in order to produce fruit
Flowering Time: May
Bloom Colour: Yellowish-white
Ripens: Mid August to early September
Storage: Keeps up to two weeks in the fridge
Recommended Use: Cooking, baking, jam, wine, juice, tea
Siz: 1 year plant in 3" pot, ~30cm above soil