Is this Elderberry?
Do you know how to prune an elderberry bush? Me neither. Although I've grown elderberries for over a decade, I'm still relatively new at growing them on a large scale and managing them for production.
Despite not being certain as to the right approach, I started pruning this week on a 50 degree February day, and I hope to finish within the next 10 days or so.
Some of our plantings are now old enough that they need to be pruned, so I’ve been looking at what the literature says and what other …
Why Do We Grow Elderberries?
Why do we grow elderberries?
Several people have asked this question, and it is a reasonable one. Unlike some, I have no childhood memories of picking wild elderberries or savoring my grandmother’s sweet elderberry pie.
I only became intimate with elderberries as an adult, when I unboxed 2 small specimens of the ‘York’ variety. I had been exploring useful native plants that we might be able to integrate into our modest suburban yard. Elderberry seemed a possibility, small enough for our yard…