Planting and growing elder

River Hills Harvest: Elderberry care and planting instructions.

Our tutorial: Planting dormant hardwood cuttings (“stick” planting)

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.