When we moved to our little farm, one of the first things we did when spring arrived was start looking at our local bushes in the hopes that we would have lots of wild food, what we had the most of was Black Elderberry, having a huge bush by our big old back barn.
Since then, we have taken many a small elderberry baby out of the back pasture and up to the house or soft fruit bush lines, by the house we have five bushes, and this spring between three of them were all theres little starts that I thought looked like Elderberries leaves but typically, we get a shoot off the main bush and then we dig it out and move it, sometimes it dies down for the season but always the next spring, its back and in full growth, I had heard that it was VERY hard to grow elderberry from seed, and yet I do think that is what has happened. I have been watching them grow bigger by the day and today picked one and counted off its little ridges, and I am now postive that this little 3 or 4 inch high plants are in fact elderberries from seed.., I would appear to have between 30 to 40 of them in the bed overall.
This makes me very excited, I have a area that I really wanted to put into fruit bushes, and these elderberries will do the trick very nicely, planted six feet apart, they will grow up quickly to make a very good hedge row for that side of the garden/fruit growing area.
As I had looked at what the costs would be to order elderberries and it looks like they would be between 12.99 to 19.99 each, which I knew I would not be paying for considering that I can find them growing wild in the ditch locally, but with the price of gas, I didn’t want to be driving the back roads looking to much this year, this solves all those in one fell swoop.
I will update on how the transplanting goes and will for sure take follow up photos to show how they are doing in the future.
So do you have elderberries on your property? If so what do you make with them? and have you ever had them grow from seed? or do you normally take cuttings or root stock only? Does anyone know if they grow true from seed or if they can be variable?