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Old 09-18-2014, 07:03 PM
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Elderberry Bushes


Hi! I want to grow some elderberry bushes so I can harvest the berries to make my own elderberry syrup (for the immunity boosting benefits). Should I go ahead and buy some small ones and keep them indoors until spring or just wait until spring and get them in the ground then? I never grew a berry bush before so I don't know what I am doing, but I am just eager to get to the harvesting part. Thanks!
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:33 PM
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Hi Katie,
Probably, someone can answer better than I, but I've been told get plants, transplants, and what not in by the end of September and they will have enough time to begin establishing the root system before the hard cold comes on. Maybe if you go ahead, just give them a bit extra mulch for some protection. Good luck either way you go!
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:39 PM
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Cool, thanks! Does anyone know the best place to buy them?
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:53 PM
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They are very hardy and you will have ZERO problem planting them outside, now.

Almost every onlne supplier of perennials / shrubs / trees, will have some. They are not expensive plants at all.

In fact - if you look in your local woods, you are likely to find some

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Old 09-18-2014, 07:56 PM
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Hmm I'm not that knowledgeable, I would come home with someone poisonous lol.

I can only find 4" pots for sale online, won't it take years before I can harvest any berries?
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:14 PM
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I agree with tsilentseed, there are probably hundreds of them growing wild in your area. Out country roads especially. The get weed whacked here, but if you don't find any, I will think about letting a few come up enough to dig. To me, the are nuisance plants.

If you know someone who knows what they are, take a road trip out in the country. I'm sure some one would be fine with you digging out a few if you ask! Most farmers don't want them in their fields and fence lines and would be glad to have them removed!
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:22 PM
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Good idea!
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:26 PM
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we have them come up here along the road every year and in mass quantity and we can go pick them any time we want and a few years ago i worked up 2 trunk loads of them and still have plenty of juice left
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:34 PM
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Aw you are so lucky! Maybe I should learn more about identifying them in my area.
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:37 PM
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yeah they are probably around there if you just knew what they look like just look up elderberries on the internet and they will give you a lot of information on it
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:54 PM
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Yes, or go to lowes or where ever they are selling them and just get a good look at the plant so you know what it looks like. I always find real life sticks in my memory better than photos from the internet.
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:57 PM
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i will look and see if there is any little ones out here by the main plants we have here tomorrow
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:35 PM
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That is true, Cindy! And thank you, Raccoon Bandit!!!
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