Back in February we posted Black Elderberry Project: Part One which detailed our plans to grow black elderberries from seed.
We had some positive results!
We took about half of our available seed and started them in moist peat back in February. When warm weather came around we planted half of those seeds in pots and the other half directly in the ground.
The seed that wasn’t started early in peat was directly sown into the soil in late April.
We had plants growing in every pot by the end of August. The plants range in size from one inch seedlings to the size shown above which is around 12″ tall.
There are actually two good sized starts in the above photo. If you look close enough you can see several more seedlings underneath them. The plants in this pot have been transplanted to their permanent homes now.
None of the seeds that were directly sown into the ground have germinated yet. From what I’ve been able to research, this is not a cause for alarm yet since it’s common for the seeds to take up to 2 spring seasons to germinate.
We will be doing this exact same exercise in 2012, so if you missed buying elderberry seeds last February we’ll have some for sale again in early 2012.