I’ve really been trying to get a plan for my front yard garden this year. I’d give anything to be able to just hire somebody to do my landscaping for me! It takes so much work to turn a bare yard, made up of nothing but hard red clay and weeds, into something beautiful and green.
We put in two Elderberry bushes last spring (I think it was), and since I’d love to have more, I took some time today to work on propagating them. Plus, it really needed to be done now, in early spring.
Basically, propagating is taking a cutting, and planting it to make a new plant. I’ve never done anything like this before, so I’m totally going on what I’ve read, but hopefully it’ll work!
Using a pair of pruning shears, I cut a healthy stem off of one of my plants. The stem you choose needs to be about 6″ long, with at least two sets of leaves on it.
I chose this stem, since it crossed at an angle I didn’t like on the plant, and I cut it in half in order to make two new plants.
I decided to put these cuttings into pots instead of straight into the ground, since I don’t have a place ready for them yet. I just filled the pots with compost, and buried the stems up to the second set of leaves. The set of leaf nodes beneath the soil are supposed to turn into a root system.
It’ll be really great if these continue to grow into new plants. Especially since bare root elderberry plants can cost around $25 each!
I’m wondering if I should have put them in some sort of root growth accelerator?
If any of you have any experience propagating plants, I’d be grateful for your thoughts! Is there something I could have done better, or is this about it? It just seemed too easy!
**UPDATE: It worked!! Check out the results HERE!
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.