How to grow hundreds of Elderberry plants in two square feet.
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This video shows how I grew hundreds of elderberry plants in 1x 1020 tray over the winter. They were grown from seeds & were in the fridge for 6 months! After stratification, I spread out the seeds onto a 1020 tray & then grew them under a Kingbo LED light for about a month. When they grew to about 1/2″ I was able to transfer them to new pots outside in the greenhouse. In all, Elderberry was pretty easy to grow, about 85%+ of the Elderberry seeds germinated even though the paper towel was all moldy. I’ve planned to make a hedge of Elderberry around the property & then utilize the stock to create softwood cuttings in my propagation bed.
You can purchase the same Elderberry seeds from Sheffields here: https://sheffields.com/seeds-for-sale/Sambucus/nigra///////1347/Common-Elder,-European-Elder,-Black-Elderberry/Common-Elder,-European-Elder,-Black-Elderberry
Some facts about Elderberry:
Can grow to about 12-15ft, fast growing, produces fruit after a year.
Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: warm stratify for 60 days, cold stratify (fridge, paper towel) for 150 days.
Germination: sow seed 1/4″ deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
~300 Elderberry plants for about $10.