Sea Berry (Buckthorn) in pots? Varieties?
Sea berries (sea buckthorn) seem to be an exceptionally healthy fruit to eat, rich in several vitamines. The juice is described as a blend of orange and passion fruit juice, if a sweetener is added. I would like to grow one or two bushes to try them out here. What is your experience growing and eating them?
A search of Gardenweb turned up that the plants are vigorous growers; the juice is easy to make with modern juicers; and the biggest problem in growing them is that they grow big, fast, and then sucker all over the yard. One Green World carries eighteen varieties. Several new varieties are described as compact growers.
Has anyone tried growing these plants in pots, to prevent their spread? Yes, you can prune them back, but one person said he lost his berry crop the next year doing that.
The OGW catalog describes only "Sunny" as being "delicious eaten fresh". Some varieties seem to produce berries that are higher in vitamins than others. The Russian name for one is Vitaminaya (Radiant), so that seemed like a good bet for nutrition. Or are they all pretty much the same?