Elderberry (American Black Elderberry)

These instructions are for those who have received elderberry cuttings from Dark Hollow Biodynamic by US mail.


Elderberry prefers moist soil.  It grows best in full sun but tolerates shade.

Depending on conditions the Elderberry can grow between 6 and 16 feet tall.

When planted from cuttings, you should get berries by the third year.


1. The moment you receive your package, open it! Remove packaging and wet paper towel.

3. Immediately put the rooted cuttings in a jar or glass of room-temperature water.

    (The cuttings can stay in the jar of water for a week or two as long as it receives sunlight and warmth.)

4.  When you are ready to plant dig a hole approximately 6” in diameter and 5-6” deep.

5. loosen the soil you removed. If the soil is hard, dry or mostly clay, consider adding some organic

    material like peat, dry leaves, grass clippings or hay.

6. VERY IMPORTANT FOR ASSURED SUCCESS: Keep the plant well watered in the first week.

   The soil should remain moist.

7. Slowly reduce your watering over time until the plant seems adjusted to soil.