Sea Buckthorn: Propagation from cuttings

We have a hedge of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides), planted in 2006, that reached over 10 feet tall in 2012.  We did a major pruning in early January, from which we took just over 100 cuttings.  I wasn’t able to find a lot of information on caring for Sea Buckthorn cuttings, so we soaked them in water.  We put about 10, 8-12 inch long cuttings in quart mason jars filled about half way.  We changed the water occasionally when it became dirty.  After two months in water, most cuttings developed roots up to 1/2 inch in length.  Female plants rooted more quickly than male plants, although this may have something to do with the fact that the females are improved varieties while the males are not.  The female variety is Titan and the original plants were obtained from One Green World.

(Incidentally, we bought two varieties originally: Titan and Siberian Splendor.  In an intermixed hedge, the Titan plants grew vigorously while half of the Siberian Splendor plants died and the other half are still only 2-3 feet tall.  I recommend Titan as an excellent variety if your climate is similar to ours.)

This batch was the earliest to produce roots
In early March, we transplanted them into buckets full of soil to grow out this year.
I’ve read that some people have success rooting them in damp soil, but I know that this method works.  They are looking a little rough because they were recently moved outside, but they are continuing to grow. 
Suffering a little from the elements, but Sea Buckthorn is a tough plant

So, if you are trying to take sea buckthorn cuttings, give this method a try.  If you have a different method that you have tried successfully, please let me know.

5 Responses to Sea Buckthorn: Propagation from cuttings

  1. kt88 September 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm #
  2. Shamrock Arts August 27, 2014 at 4:04 am #
  3. DANIEL GUTUESCU December 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm #

    I realize the post is old, but do you sell cuttings rooted or not?
    Thank you

    • bill January 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

      No. I don’t sell everything that I grow. I am experimenting with producing tissue culture plantlets of perennial cabbages though and it is going well. I might offer those in the future.

  4. Ben May 3, 2017 at 8:47 am #

    Bill, what medium are you planting those in for growing out? Does the final planting bed consist of the same material?

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