Elderberry, European Black (Sambucus nigra) packet of 50 seeds in dried berries, organic


We grow our own black elderberry and supply berries from the current crop only.

Family:  Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 7

(Black Elder, Elder Berry, European Black Elderberry) Perennial, deciduous, multistemmed bush to small tree native to Europe.  Wild form.  The berries are large and tasty. Traditional usage (TWM): Colds, flu, immune enhancement.  Source of anthocyanins, bioflavonoids, vitamins and antioxidants, also a peculiar antiviral protein. The syrup, tincture or glycerite of these berries is traditionally used (TWM) for treating the common cold and for overall increase in immunity.  Cultivation: We are providing dried berries from the new harvest. To prepare for planting, soak berries overnight, then smash them in a tea strainer and wash them under the faucet, thereby revealing the seeds.  Plant the seeds in moist, shady area–it is best to plant in flats or in gallon pots, as they take a long time to come up, and control is needed.  Seed  best planted in the fall to early spring for germination in the midspring.  Plant in cool, moist, shaded pots.  If the ground has already warmed, put the seeds in moist sand or peat in a sealed container in the fridge, not the freezer, and refrigerate for 90 days, then sow in cool, moist shade.  If you endeavor to separate the seeds by flotation, do not be alarmed when the seeds float–floating elderberry seeds are viable!  Outdoor conditions are preferred–do not try to grow indoors in a bright window–oscillating temperatures are required. Sow seeds in very rich and composty soil medium.  Once germinated, the seedlings grow very rapidly.  Seedlings and adult trees are Nitrogen lovers–give chicken manure or copious amounts of compost for best results. Grow out in a shaded place in pots for a year before transplanting to final location.   Flowers generally appear in year 3. Flowers turn rapidly into heavy clusters of fruits.  Its probably a good idea to grow 3 trees for pollination purposes, although we have certainly seen good crops of fruit from a single tree grown in isolation.  Elderberries are best placed as an understory to a higher tree canopy. Will also grow in full sun if the roots are kept cool and moist.  Space trees at least 15 feet apart.
50  seeds/pkt, in dried berries, certified organically grown


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    Ck (verified owner)

    I’m thinking of starting these seeds soon. However, I’m not sure if I should start them outdoors or in the fridge. My planting zone is 5b.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Ck,
      Just to give you some perspective, the Elderberry seeds that I planted in August are now germinating in March of the next year–a 7 month induction period. At this time of year I would say refrigerator stratification is your best approach.

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