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Anonymous on
May 12, 2011

Q. 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

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 25, 2011
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Asked by
tatters on
June 17, 2011

Q. Elderberry Busy With Lots of Blossoms, No Berries

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

Answered by
Heather on
June 21, 2011
Certified Expert
Asked by
tatters on
June 21, 2011

Q. 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.

Answered by
plantfreek on
June 21, 2011
A.

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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Anonymous on
August 13, 2011

Q. 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.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 14, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

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

Q. Trimming Elderberry Shrubs

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

Answered by
Nikki on
October 15, 2011
Certified Expert
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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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