I have about 2 dozen native elderberries that I started from cuttings 6 months ago. I was hoping to sell some but that hasn't happened. I'm wondering if I can transplant a few of them now into my garden along the fence line. I already transplanted them from starter pots into tall tree pots about 4 months ago, and they had lots of roots. When I moved them a month later to a different location, they were already starting to grow roots out of the pots.
Many sources say to transplant in spring. Any first-hand experience?
I'm in Zone 5b, or maybe 6a, in the Virginia Appalachian Mountains.
In my experience elderberries transplant VERY easily as long as you keep them well watered. I have moved them any time from our hot humid summers to the middle of what passes for winter here along the Gulf Coast and they have all thrived.
i agree, give them not only lots of water, but if you can get a little soil from the area that grows the elderberry parents, add some of that soil to the hole you plant in, that will give you some good fungi to help the roots..also you might want to bury some woody stuff in the soil and make sure that they get lots and lots and lots and lots of water.
elderberries do tend to have some problems with transplant shock if not property cared for..water ...mulch..proper soil..are helpful
Bloom where you are planted.
I agree, when I worked at Tripple Brook Farm we transplanted them any time to a moist location. With that being said, the lowest stress for the plants would be to plant them when dormant in early spring after the ground thaws.