Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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I got Instant Karma as a pollinator for Black Lace. To be honest, I wasn't terribly thrilled about the look of the leaves. But there are only a couple of pollinators for Black Lace, and this was the only one available at the time. It arrived as a healthy but small plant, so I didn't expect much the first year. It went into the ground on May 15 2021. It didn't do very much at all for the first 8 weeks, although it remained healthy and seemed to like where it was planted (full sun). Then, in July, it started to take off. Now it's become a large, lovely plant. The Black Lace plant produced a handful of berries, so Instant Karma seems to be doing its job in that department as well. I think next year it will really take off, and expect to see the bees from our hives all over it.
I’d been on the hunt for this gem since it came out. Elderberry are so easy to care for and this one came in stellar. Yes it’s a small plant but these guys grow so quick!!! Can’t wait for it to fill in over the next couple years
I loved them, but they are all but dead & I don’t know why. I watered them regularly.
they are doing their first year thing wonderfully
Bought my Elderberry Instant Karma back in April as a pollinator for my Black Lace Elderberry. It has established well in a 16" container & makes a great visual contrast with the 'Black Lace'.
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