Monday

Elderberry Trimming

     The first year in our new house I planted an elderberry in the new flower garden meant to "hide the pump".  Last year was the first that I had to trim it.  I had heard it is easy to propagate elderberry -- just stick a branch in the ground.  That's what I did, and they grew!  I had to trim more this year..........

The parent bush is just getting leaves.
It is a tame variety -- can't remember the species.
It's a great landscaping bush. Beautiful
flowers in June, and it gave me a good
crop of elderberries last year!




Taking the cutting.



Stick the cuttings into very wet dirt that you
keep  wet until it gets going.




Six elderberry "bushes" to give away.  :-)
Every household should have one, a basic medicinal plant!

.....dr momi






14 comments:

Roxey Lucey said...

Well, I prefer to pay big bucks for my bushes! lol

Dr. Momi said...

lol --- shall I save you one?

Anonymous said...

Jean! I'll take one!! Sharon

Dr. Momi said...

Your name is on it!

Dr. Kristy Sipple said...

Me too!!! I want one to make wine :)

Dr. Momi said...

OK 4 left.

laughwithusblog said...

I might even be able to grow this! :)

Amy said...

I want one Jean!

Dr. Momi said...

Haha Amy --- I knew you would want one and I've been saving it for you :-) All six are gone now.

Quinn said...

We just bought our first elderberries yesterday- wish now I knew someone with a bush already! It will be awhile, but I will have to remember this! Thanks :)

Dr. Momi said...

Quinn -- they grow fast. Before you know it you'll be trimming yours :-)

loves2spin said...

What a great idea! I made a syrup from half honey and half pure elderberry juice last year and whenever I felt like I was coming down with something, I would get a big spoonful of that every few hours, and it really helped. I didn't know I could propagate my own. Thank you!

Dana said...

Hello, What a nice website. Good vibes here! I was actually looking for ideas on how to prune a variegated elderberry that I planted outside my kitchen window three years ago. It is beautiful and VERY vigorous. It's now almost cutting out my view to the rest of garden. I saw one a long time ago that was in a "fountain" shape (slim at bottom with arches of branches at top). Is there a way to make it look like that (by trimming) and not wreck the plant?
Thank you.
henofthewoods

Dr. Momi said...

lovestospin --- elderberry syrup is the main reason we grow elderberry! My grandkids call it "black ice cream vitamins" :-)

Dana --- I only know that after I trim my elderberry here it grows "faster". It likes getting trimmed. I really don't think you could kill it by trimming it. If you cut it right to the ground it would grow up again. As far as "how" to trim it to make it look like a fountain......I have guesses, but they are just that--guesses. Just go for it :-) --- I don't think you will harm the bush :-). Thanks for checking out my blog!!