Elderberry syrup is one of the most popular home remedy against colds, flu, fevers, chills, and congestion. The fruits are comparable to Tamiflu (without serious health side effects) and have been found to inhibit H1N1 influenza.
In the 17th century, John Evelyn, a British researcher, stated, “If the medicinal properties of its leaves, bark, and berries were fully known, I cannot tell what our countryman could ail for which he might not fetch a remedy (from the elderberry), either for sickness or wounds.”
How to Grow Elderberries in Pots and Containers
Elderberries are very resilient plants, thus they can be grown in large pots and containers which should be at least 60cm (24 inches) in diameter and 50cm (20 inches) deep, with lots of drainage holes.
- Place your cuttings in a mason jar and add water until they are halfway submerged.
- Allow them to soak for 12-24 hours and then transfer them to pots filled with organic soil.
- Make sure to keep the pots or containers moist
- Elderberries love sunny position, but need some shade during summer heat. Keep containers away from strong, cold winds.
- Container-grown elderberries need pruning every year in late winter or early spring to keep them from outgrowing their pots.
- Start by checking for broken, dead or diseased branches and remove these. Remove the canes by cutting them off at soil level.
- Grow the cuttings indoors or in a protected environment for the first year, then transplant outdoors.