EUROPEAN RED ELDER Bush Seeds (Sambucus Racemosa) Organic Heirloom Seeds for The Gardener & Rare Seeds Collector B25

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Sambucus Racemosa / European Red Elderberry
Count: 25 Genus - Sambucus Species - Racemosa Common name - European Red Elder Other names - Red Elderberry Pre-Treatment - Required Hardiness zones - 4 - 7 Height - 10'-12' / 3 - 4 m Spread - 8'-12' / 2.40 - 4 m Plant type - Shrub Vegetation type - Deciduous Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun Growth rate - Medium Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline Soil type - Light (sandy), medium (loamy), heavy (clay) Water requirements - Average Water Landscape uses - Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge Leaf / Flower color - Green / White Plant growth rate - Medium

A decidious Shrub growing to 4m by 3m. It is hardy to zone 6. It is in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen from June to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

Germination: It is vital that they are soaked to help the sprouting process. Understand that these are "small" tree seeds. Not all would be 100% viable, it is just the chance you take. When soaking the seeds, the ones that float after about 8 hours should be removed. They most likely will live, but chances are low. Only use the seeds that sank to the bottom. It is vital to use seed starting pods. It is a must!! Place about two seeds in each pod, make sure to keep these moist and warm while germinating. They do take some time to germinate. Have patience and you will be rewarded. They love direct sunlight when germinating. After some time, when they become healthy and large enough, you may then transplant them. Understand that you must keep your eye on these so that you have healthy trees in the long run.

Place your seeds and some soil in a ziplock bag. Moisten the mixture enough so it sticks together without water dripping out. Write the name of the seeds on the bag. Place the mixture in your refrigerator for 60 days. Check seeds weekly and use a spray bottle to keep the mixture moist. Remove seedlings and plants immediately.

You can put them in warm water and let them soak for about 30 hours. You can also surface sow them, use a grow lamp or sun for more than 6 hours, and mist twice a day. It may take about 10 days to sprout.