Elderberry Bushes

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  1. Elderberry Shrubs
  2. Brown Leaves on Young Elderberry Bushes
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  4. Elderberry Busy With Lots of Blossoms, No Berries
  5. Pollination or Plant Sex
  6. Planting Elderberries
  7. Trimming Elderberry Shrubs
Asked by Anonymous on January 26, 2011
Elderberry Shrubs

I’ve been growing tomatoes in a large pot. Can the same be done for growing elderberry?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, you can grow elderberries in pots. Just make sure it is a pot big enough for the size of the plant and that it gets enough water.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 12, 2011
Brown Leaves on Young Elderberry Bushes

I┬árecently planted 6 young elderberry bushes (different types – 6 feet apart) and the white and yellow flowering plants are suffering from discoloration of the leaves (brown/dark yellow). The dark leaf variety doesn’t seem to be affected. We live on a hill and it can be quite windy at times. I water them once per week but more in very dry weather. Any ideas on what can I do?

Asked by Anonymous on May 25, 2011
Elderberry

I have two young elderberry bushes, mostly twiggy and leafy. They MUST be relocated; I have a small yard, no space there. Small front garden gets full sun depending on where a plant is placed, but parts of it are shade until late in the day. Can these bushes be used for a hedge in a mostly sun spot? Space available is about 2 feet wide by about 4 feet long for a small hedge-row. They currently get lots of sun with little shade and I’m concerned that a transplant will kill them. I’ll amend new soil to suit. What do you think?

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Nikki
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Asked by tatters on June 17, 2011
Elderberry Busy With Lots of Blossoms, No Berries

It is 5 years old and doing well, but no fruit. What do I do?

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Heather
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Asked by tatters on June 21, 2011
Pollination or Plant Sex

Heather just answered my question and said that it might be a pollination problem. Could it be that there are male and female plants of elderberry too? That is what one friend believes. I don’t know which one I have if that is the case.

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plantfreek

You must grow two plants-one of each variety-not two of the same. Whereever you bought them should have told you that. You can look at any of the nursery sites and they will say that in description. We've grown them fo ryears=love them! Make great wine. Get two varieties. Good luck

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Asked by Anonymous on August 13, 2011
Planting Elderberries

I was given bare shoots in the early summer that I planted in buckets, not expecting the ‘sticks’ to do anything. Surprise! I have healthy plants 1-2′ tall. Everything I have read states to transplant in the spring – but I need to get these in the ground for them to survive the winter here in Pittsburgh. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

While spring would be better for you, since you have them already go ahead and stick them in the ground, but make sure to add some mulch for winter portection. You could also choose to place them in a container until spring planting outdoors. For more help with growing these shrubs, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/elderberry/planting-elderberry.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on October 14, 2011
Trimming Elderberry Shrubs

How do I and when do I trim or cut my elderberry shrub or tree?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can prune the elderberry bushes in the early spring by cutting them back and removing all the dead areas. They can be trimmed back by a third, if necessary.

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