Latin Name: Hippophae rhamnoides ssp. Mongolica
Native Range: Europe and Asia
Seed Source: Seabuckthorn seed block, near Indian Head Saskatchewan.
Height and Spread: 4m x 2m (10 years)
Overview: A wonderful plant recognized by many as one of the most nutritional berries in the plant kingdom. A nitrogen fixer, the 'Indian -Summer' seed strain is extremely hardy and adapted to low quality, droughty soils. Seeds produce a mixture of male and female plants.
Fruits: An orange drupe-like achene 3 to 6mm long. Berries remain on shrubs over winter. About 60 seeds per gram.
SEED TREATMENT / SOWING
Stratification: Place seeds in water at room temperature. Soak the seeds for 48 hours (freshen water several times to prevent stagnation).
Ideal sowing time: Spring
Sowing instructions: Outdoors - sow 1 cm deep and 50 seeds/meter; Greenhouse- sow 3 seeds per cell.
Growing conditions: 'Indian-Summer' grows well on a variety of soils, requires full sunlight, does not tolerate shade.
'Indian-Summer' is an excellent seed strain for farm or field shelterbelts, intercropping, reclamation and wildlife habitat plantings. The seed strain was developed specifically for agroforestry, stabilizes eroding soil, contributes nitrogen and provides wildlife valuable cover. It is often used as a pollinator row in seabuckthorn orchards. One of the most versatile agroforestry plants.