Planting and growing elder

Instructions for starting, planting, and growing hardwood cuttings…. from River Hills Harvest. I recommend you click on the link and then print or save this handy article.

Hardwood cuttings from elderberry
Hardwood cuttings from an elderberry plant. Note the angled cut on the bottom? That is the end that goes in the soil.

Here are other thoughts and suggestions based on our experience as small-scale, part-time growers in the upper Midwest —

Choose the site for your elder plants with care. A sunny, fertile site that stays slightly on the damp side is ideal. Avoid dry upland locations, low-lying boggy areas, or overly shady sites. If you have an area in full sun where grass usually grows lush and green, that might be a prime spot for elderberries.