Grow your own Elder trees from cuttings in March and April

Early spring is a good time to prepare to grow your own new Elder trees from cuttings. It’s a quick and easy job that creates new trees for your garden and/or to give to neighbours.

Elder is a great garden tree or hedge producing loads of tasty elder berries and flowers every year which are packed with vitamins and antioxidants and ideal for jam, cordial, champagne or wine. Elder is a native UK tree that is really useful in the garden (attractive, not too big, lots of berries and flowers) and growing Elder trees from cuttings is dead simple and never fails.

March and April is a good time to grow Elder trees from cuttings and here’s how…

1. Take 25 cm long, finger width, cuttings in the spring from newer wood (cut 1-2 inches below and above buds).

2. Stick cuttings in the ground 10-15 cm deep.

That’s it. Just leave them to grow. Make sure your cuttings get light and keep an eye out they don’t get too dry. You can put lots of cuttings together in a small area of ground or container and move them once they have grown a bit.

If anyone has any tips, questions or suggestions, please comment below.

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