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Elderberry Bush

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Question: 1345-416
Is it easier to plant the berries or use cuttings from Elderberry? Jerry, Gardner, MA

Mort's Answer:
Nurserymen prefer using cuttings. Cut an eight inch terminal shoot. Remove the top two inches. Leave the leafs at the top of your six inch cutting. Slice the very bottom at an acute angle. Make a box that is at least six inches deep and fill with coarse sand. Place the new bottom two inches into the soil. Some folks coat the tip with the hormone auxin. It is not necessary. Moisten the entire box and mist every day. A warm sunny spot in the cellar will suffice.

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Question: 1072-213
My Elderberry bush has brown edges and small dried out fruit. I have used 10-10-10 fertilizer this spring and have a wood mulch underneath the plant. What is that a sign of? Tom, Bradenton, FL

Mort's Answer:
Mummified fruit is a sign of too much nitrogen. !0-10-10 is excellent for potatoes but not fruit trees and bushes. Brown edges is also a sign of too much nitrogen as is too much water. Remove the mulch under the plant and use a dust mulch to cultivate against weeds. Do not fertilize again for at least three years. A better balanced formula for fruit bushes and trees is 5-10-10 or 5-10-5. Let Mother nature take care of the water.

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