Winter propagation of sambucus
Last summer I was trying to propagate sambucus by using soft and semi-hard wood cuttings with no results. All cuttings either didn't root or rot.
On one warm day at the end of the January of 2006 when I made a stroll around the garden I noticed that buds on my 'Sutherland Gold' substantially increased in size and I said to myself, 'what the heck, anyway I have to prune most of those 6-7 foot long branches in a spring' and I took tree cuttings.
Without much hope, just out of curiosity I put them in a 1G pot filled with 1/3 sand +1/3 native clay + 1/3 potting mix (whatever leftover was hanging in garage) and brought home. No rooting hormone was used.
Two weeks later those buds start opening and produced flower buds and leaves. I didn't dig down to see if roots are formed, but cuttings sitting pretty firmly in a soil and not pulling out with ease.
I'll be cutting those flower buds today, but would like to share a picture where they are present.
As of 02/16/06.