How to Propagate Elderberry Bushes


Elderberries are small, grape-like berries. The berries are commonly used in baked goods, preserves, and wines. Elderberries are high in potassium and vitamin C. The berries grow on hardy bushes that produce tiny white blossoms before they set fruit. The elderberry bush is easy to propagate.

Step 1

Take a 4- to 6-inch cutting of the elderberry bush during the spring, after the threat of frost has passed. Use pruning shears to cut the branch. Make sure that the cutting has at least two pairs of leaves on it.

Step 2

Transplant the cutting into the garden or a container filled with potting mix. Plant the cutting deep enough so that only the top set of leaves is above the soil line. The leaf nodes beneath the soil's surface develop into a strong root structure.

Step 3

Water the elderberry cutting regularly, until it develops strong roots and plant growth. Keep the soil moist but not wet. Overwatering the elderberry cutting results in root rot and leaves the cutting vulnerable to disease.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


  • Cornell University
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture
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Cyn Vela is a freelance writer and professional blogger. Her work has been published on dozens of websites, as well as in local print publications. Vela's articles usually focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, parenting, gardening, and health and wellness. She studied English literature at Del Mar College, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.