Organic Elderberry Cuttings (7 cuttings)
7 cuttings (not rooted) of American Black Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) in various sizes averaging 10 inches long.
Keep elderberry cuttings in water to root or until planting time.
HOW DO I START ELDERBERRY CUTTINGS?
Plant in the spring.
Place cutting "angled cut side" down with bottom node buried about 3 inches below the soil. The top node must stick out above soil.
Keep soil sufficiently moist in well drained soil.
If starting in a pot, place in a greenhouse or near a window.
Elderberry bushes love myco (myco = mycorrhizal beneficial fungi)
If you need soil, Melody Acres sells a Living soil mix and a Living soil nutrient and mineral kit that has a large amount of the highest rated mycorrhizae.
Elderberry cuttings do not require any rooting hormone, but you can use if you’d like to increase your success.
It’s best to grow cuttings in soil, not to start roots in water. If you choose to start roots in water, pot in soil as soon as possible.
If starting in a pot, only put one cutting per pot.
IS IT BETTER TO PLANT AN ELDERBERRY CUTTING IN A POT OR IN THE GROUND?
Elderberry cuttings will grow vigorously in ANY good soil - provided you water them to keep the soil moist and ensure the area is free from other plants.
- GROUND: Starting cuttings directly in the ground is easiest and ideal because they can grow roots in their permanent location. Make sure there are no weeds and don’t forget to water, especially while they first grow roots and also during summer dry and hot times.
- POT: If you are new to growing, consider starting in a pot. It’s possible to have a better survival rate because it could be easier to keep an eye on them.
Soil Type: Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils
Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Mature Height & Width: 10-15' Height and 10-15' Spread
Growth Rate: Fast - 24" or more per year once established
Moisture Requirements: Average to wet soils
The American Elderberry is a large, spreading shrub that flowers in clumps of white early in the season. This shrub produces large clusters of small berries which are edible once completely black. The ripened berries are great for making pie, wine and jam. This shrub is perfect for naturalizing wide open areas such as a farm field, and provides excellent cover for wildlife. This shrub will do very well in wetter areas and is commonly used for effective erosion control along rivers and streams. Consider planting another elderberry within 60' for even better pollination.