European Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a perennial, deciduous, multi-stemmed bush to small tree native to Europe. The seeds produce the wild form.
The berries are large and tasty. They are a source of anthocyanins, bioflavonoids, vitamins, and antioxidants, also a peculiar antiviral protein. The syrup, tincture or glycerite of these berries is traditionally used for treating cold and flu symptoms and for an overall increase in immunity. Magically, elderberry is often used for protection, increasing intuition, healing, purification, and prosperity.
Cultivation: We are providing dried berries from a newer harvest. To prepare for planting, soak the berries overnight, then smash them in a tea strainer or fine mesh strainer, then wash them under the faucet to reveal the seeds. Plant the seeds in a moist, shady area, we find it is best to plant in flats or gallon pots, as they take a long time to come up, and control is needed. Seeds are ideally planted in the fall to early spring for germination in the mid-spring — plant in cool, moist, shaded spots. If the ground has already warmed, put the seeds in damp 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 fertile soil and compost the soil to a medium amount. Once germinated, the seedlings grow very rapidly. Seedlings and adult trees are nitrogen lovers; we recommend that you give them chicken manure or copious amounts of compost for best results. Grow out in the shade, then place in pots for a year before transplanting to their final location. The flowers will generally appear in year 3. Flowers turn rapidly into dense clusters of fruits. It's probably a good idea to grow three 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. It will also grow in full sun if the roots are kept cool and moist. Space trees at least 15 feet apart.
Packet of 50 European Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra var canadensis) seeds in dried berries.
*Each berry contains two seeds, you will receive 25 or more dried berries