How to: Root Elderberry Branches

I’m going to cover two different ways to root Elderberry bushes in this blog- one by water and one by dirt.

Get yourself some elderberry branches- healthy ones from a living plant. I’ve bought them from Etsy – this shop and this shop have both worked out well for me.

Put them in water in a cup like so

These have been in water for about a week.

Change the water out every few days and keep them in a darkish place

These are sitting on a bookcase that isn’t facing any windows.
Here they are about three weeks in

They’ll start sprouting leaves pretty quickly. Once they’ve started growing roots, put them in dirt like so-

You can also start them in dirt like I did last year-

I laid the sticks out horizontally and covered them with dirt. Then I kept them very well hydrated- and also in a greenhouse for the first few weeks. The picture above was from when I started hardening them off.

Elderberries love water so it’s important to keep them that way. Otherwise, they tolerate a host of conditions so, don’t be afraid to start some of these yourself!

Now, I’m going to state that my preferred method is by dirt- they seem to start slower, but have little to no transplant shock. I started 8 in dirt and got 7 to root. I started 12 in water and lost all but two when I put them in dirt. Other people may have better results for different reasons, but I have much higher success rates with plants if I just go straight to dirt, overall.

The last frontier would be starting them from seed- so maybe next year.

Until next time, have a wicked good day!

Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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