Growing your own elderberry shrubs is easy with the help of cuttings! Cuttings are the best way to grow a named variety because they are less expensive than a plant, ship easier and other than shoving the right end in the soil, they require less attention that one would think.
Named varieties are often field trialed by universities and farmers then released based on meeting key metrics for production value. Berry size, even ripening on the cyme, flower scent, brix (sugars in the berry), shattering (when the berries burst off the cyme before ripening), coppice value, etc are some of the factors looked at in production. In order to ensure an exactly clone of the mother plant, either a cutting from the stem or roots needs to be made, or a shoot dug up. Cuttings of the dormant woody material are the easiest.
I have included a PDF planting guide for elderberries to get you started, but feel free to ask questions here or on our social media page. We want you to love your cuttings and elderberries as much as we do!
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