Ever wonder how you can get more elderberry bushes, or share some of yours with someone? It may be easier than you think! Follow these simple steps to increase your stock by using clippings from an existing bush.
- Find new (green) growth in the spring, and clip them using a quick, clean cut.
- Remove leaves from the lower, cut end of the clipping and place into a jar of water.
- Keep well watered and watch for root growth in the next few weeks.
- GENTLY transplant after the clipping has grown roots. The roots will be tender and break easily, so take care when planting.
Change the water as needed to make sure you’re not also creating a swamp-in-a-jar. If you don’t have new, green growth to get your clippings from, you can use older branches. Just be sure that each clipping has leaves on the upper end. You can get several clippings (6-12in each) from a single branch.
This is not the only way to propagate elderberries, but that is all I’m covering for now. Elderberries are considered a “super fruit” and can be used to make juice, syrup, jelly, and desserts. They can also be dried or frozen for later use.
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