Planting Elderberry Cuttings
Due to the soil having warmed up to 55 degrees last week the elderberry cuttings I made in January came out of refrigeration and went directly into the ground. With lots of water they should sprout quickly. This year in preparation for planting elderberry cuttings.
2 methods of storing elderberry cuttings
1/3 of the cuttings were buried in tubs of wet sand and placed under refrigeration The elderberries cuttings in the sand needed to be watered several times in the 3 months time they spent chilling. Even so, because the sand had a tendency to dry out a few of the cuttings on the top layers in the sand died.
1/3 of the elderberry cuttings were placed in quart sized baggies under refrigeration with damp peat moss. This leaves the elderberry cuttings tops exposed, thus once again drying some of the tops out.
Finally the last 1/3 were placed in gallon sized baggies with damp peat moss, sealed and placed in refrigeration. The gallon baggies proved to be the best method to hold the sticks in dormancy for planting elderberry cuttings. They required less watering and watching and a few of the cuttings in the baggies had even started to sprout little white nubbins. All were still alive.
The baggies proved to be the best way to hold the sticks in dormancy for planting elderberry cuttings. These elderberry cutting required less watering. The baggie method worked well, and as a result a few of the cuttings in the baggies had even started to sprout little white nubbins. All were still alive.
Elderberry Cutting Spacing
When planting elderberry cuttings the recommended spacing is 4 feet apart. My irrigation line has drip points every two feet and these elderberry cuttings will be dug and sold this fall as young plants so I have placed the elderberry cuttings every two feet.
Elderberry Row Preparation
To prepare a row for planting elderberry cuttings the ground is plowed early in the year and allowed to sit. To break up grass clumps a disk was used on the row several times in March. The dirt is bladed to the middle and the row is hand raked to remove any remaining grass clumps or past elderberry roots. Next the irrigation line is placed along with 2 inches of mulch.
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