Fredy Perlman wrote:
How old are the 65 young? Mine are first year. Could I rip a trench with a ditch witch and casually drop them in there, then transplant in a year? Is that better than potting them in commercial topsoil (something i'm considering for the overstock)? That could be a promising technique for a lot of these bareroots.
Mine are also from the conservations district - black elderberry about 2 ft tall.
If you rip a trench of soft soil and fill them in (even close together) they should get up to 6ft with a main trunk this year. After that, they are pretty free to grow above deer browse height. Elderberry are easy to transplant and also grow with rooted suckers profusely, so you can dig and separate or dig and re-fill the trench with shorties..