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Offline daveinmichigan

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I need some help starting a mulberry trees from a cuttings
« on: June 29, 2009, 10:04:33 AM »
Hello Everyone,

I live about 30 miles north of Detroit (I know...I'm sorry too) and I am trying to start some mulberry trees from cuttings. There are two fruiting mulberry trees near my home. A small one just on the other side of my privacy fence and another large mulberry tree behind the neighbors home. Both of the neighbors allow me to have all the mulberries that I am willing to harvest, but I would like to have some trees of my own and I would really like to learn the skills involved in starting a tree from a cutting. The neighbor's lawn company was going to trim the branches that are in the way of their riding lawnmowers so I just cut a bunch of small to mid-size branches. Next to the bucket with the mulberry cuttings is a poor little raspberry bush that I got from my BIL's FIL. The guy has about 50 raspberry bushes and he said that I could take as many as I wanted because he was moving, but it looks like I am well on the way to killing the poor plants (I currently have 6 of the raspberries) but that is probably a story for another email.




This is my first year trying to grow anything and we currently have a sq ft garden


Thanks for any help the collective brains can provide.

Dave
« Last Edit: June 29, 2009, 10:12:55 AM by daveinmichigan »

Offline T Kehl

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Re: I need some help starting a mulberry trees from a cuttings
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2009, 05:22:58 PM »
Definitely get some rooting compound from your local garden store.

I also think you will have better luck with smaller cuttings as there is less infrastructure to be supported by the newly developing roots.

Starting from seed isn't that much worse either.  You'll only loose a couple years from where you are now.  The seeds are in the berries (although I bet you already knew that).  I also bet you could dig up Mulberry sprouts if you put up a free ad on craigslist.  My 110 year old neighborhood has an abundance of them.

BTW, the garden looks good!
« Last Edit: June 29, 2009, 05:27:18 PM by twk »

Offline permafarmer

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Re: I need some help starting a mulberry trees from a cuttings
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2009, 04:19:05 PM »
Have you looked into air layering?  I have had difficulty with getting mulberry cuttings to root, but have had success with air layering.

Great technique for propagating most trees.




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Re: I need some help starting a mulberry trees from a cuttings
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2009, 07:01:15 PM »
what is air layering?

also, I think that the best time to try and get a root from cutting is in the spring, right?

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Re: I need some help starting a mulberry trees from a cuttings
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2009, 08:35:22 AM »
Air layering is a technique to propagate plants from standing plants.
basically you cut into a branch, wrap it with wet peat moss or some other moisture holding item, then wrap that in plastic to hold in the moisture, wrap that with tin foil, to protect it from light and wait.

roots will start to form, and then you cut off the branch and plant it.

You can use rooting compound on the cut to help the process along.



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Re: I need some help starting a mulberry trees from a cuttings
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2009, 11:51:29 PM »
Thanks Permafarmer +1 to you.

You usually want to use a smaller branch for this, correct?

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Re: I need some help starting a mulberry trees from a cuttings
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2009, 05:41:27 AM »
That is true.  The general recommendation is one about the size of a pencil.

You can also use a technique called layering, if it is close to the ground.

Then you break it slightly and bury it, and roots will start to form.