Viable sea buckthorn seeds from super market freezed beries?

gormotApril 30, 2006

Hi all,

I am new to this forum.

I live in Israel and bought freezed sea buchthorn beries in the super market. I've realy like the fruit and I would like to add it to my garden. I know that seeds is not the most recomended type of reproduction for this type of plant but that is the only source I have (no sea buchthorn are grown in Israel as far as I know and the beries are imported).

Stratification requires atleast 60 days in moist sand at 5C. I know that dried seeds can be frozen with no ill efects but in this case I am trying to grow from seed which were frozen inside the beries while still raw and ice crystals could have formed inside killing the seeds.

Could the seeds still be viable in this case or am I just wasting my time? Also please sugest if anyone have experience with growing from seeds obtain from frozen produce or is this a totaly whack idea.

P.S.

The plant is most likely not a hybrid and should be able to produce viable seeds(I hope). The beries were imported from Russia (which is not known for wide hybrid seed usage) and the plant required atleast 4 years to reach a fruit bearing stage.

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chris_sciarretta

No, it's not a whack idea at all. I think it depends on the species and its particular natural and evolutionary history. Sea Buckthorn seeds should be specifically adapted to germinating only after being frozen in the fruit, since they are produced late in the growing season, persist on the trees into freezing weather, and therefore must remain viable until spring. Germination definitely cannot take place in the fall, as the soft-tissued seedlings would quickly be killed by the first frosts.

So I guess what I'm saying is: give it a try! It might work.

By the way, I also love the fruit of some of Elaeagnaceae, such as Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus multiflora), and certain large, red-fruited cultivars of Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia). They're all very high in vitamins. I suppose you can't order any plants from the US, but Miller Nurseries (www.millernurseries.com) sells what they call "Sea Berry" but which is probably the same plant. If they can't ship to you, maybe they could send some dried seeds?

Good Luck,
Chris

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