Elderberry – Growing

Q: I would love to grow elderberries to eat for my health and to make wine. Any hints?

A: Native plant expert Theresa Schrum says to collect the fruits of wild/roadside elderberries when they turn dark purple. Extract the seed from the fruit and plant six seed per six inch pot. Leave the pot outdoors for the winter then watch for sprouts next spring. Transplant the sprouts when they are six inches tall. Note that our native elderberries grow 12-15 feet tall and up to 20 feet wide. They require full sun but aren’t too fussy about soil conditions.