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Elderberry is one of the easiest plants to start from cuttings out there.
So easy in fact that buying a rooted plant is hardly worth the hassle and higher cost. Cuttings want to live and will grow roots quickly!
Buy elderberry cuttings here.
So, follow these steps and you're on your way to success!
HOW DO I STORE MY CUTTINGS UNTIL PLANTING?
Place cuttings in the fridge until planting time. Ensure the bags remain sealed so that they do not dry out. Check periodically. There should be at least a little bit of condensation inside the bag. You may add a drop or two of water.
HOW DO I START CUTTINGS?
1. Start cuttings directly in the soil in their permanent location or start them early in pots in a greenhouse environment.
2. Place cutting "angled cut side" down with bottom node buried 3 inches or more below the soil; top node must stick out above soil.
3. If starting indoors in pots you can use a fertile mycorrhizae inoculated potting soil, or a soil-like media such as perlite/peat with mycorrhizal inoculant. Elderberries rely heavily on mycorrhizal relationships for success.
4. You can also make a biochar slurry to dip the base of cuttings if you are planting directly in permanent location.
DOES ELDERBERRY LIKE WATER?
Remember that cuttings are happiest when well watered and soil is always sufficiently moist during the rooting period. Cuttings like lots of water.
DOES ELDERBERRY NEED MULCH?
Honestly, first year elderberry bushes do not compete well with grass and weeds. So make sure they are well mulched in a way that will entirely stops weeds from interfering with root development.
We use black plastic the first year. It's removed the second year and replace with biological mulch like wood chips or straw.
DO I NEED TWO ELDERBERRY VARIETIES FOR FRUIT SET?
It is now reported that elderberry bushes do not require two varieties for good pollination and good berry set. However we suggest planting several varieties. It may improve pollination, and you never know which variety will grow best in your unique microclimate! That's why we have 28 varieties!
HOW BIG DO ELDERBERRY BUSHES GET?
Elderberry can grow to 7-11 ft high and wide or more if left unpruned, so plant 6 ft apart or every 2-4 ft for a hedge.
SHOULD I PRUNE ELDERBERRY?
Prune to desired size during winter dormancy for ease of harvest. We suggests cutting out two year old stems and pruning back the new shoots (primocanes) down to 2 feet.
Lastly, have fun and be well!
Plus let us know how it goes!
Jed, Louise and the Elderberries