Elderberry Propagation

on Friday, 17 April 2015. Posted in Winery Blog

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I have been planning to propagate Elder since last summer, when I cleaned out the European Elder that I had toyed with, and which did not perform well here, in favor of our hardy and productive Sambucus Canadensis; the North American Elder. The variety I am increasing originated in Nova Scotia and is called simply Nova.

Elder does not grow true to type from seed so to generate more of the same requires cuttings of the original plant. The older books on propagation say to cut your canes in the fall and bury them for the winter. In my opinion (being lazy?) that's just too much work. I figured that I could just harvest from surviving canes in the spring- eliminate several steps, and have tougher plants. So, here, in pictures is my process:CuttingBucket

Several hundred cuttings in a five gallon bucket.














A single cutting: notice that in has several nodes- it will be planted so that the top node is at the soil surface. For scale, the bags are 12" high.CuttingBags









Seven cuttings in a 5 gallon bucket. I will put the cover on loosely, for air circulation, keep them moist, and when they develop leaves and roots I will take the cover off and give them full sun. 

All this to produce my Elderberry Honey Wine.       RockingtheBabyBrand1ARetouch


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