Hey guys! Today I’ll go over cuttings once more, this time taking a look at the mulberry tree, and how it can be propagated via cutting. If you haven’t checked out any of our other posts about taking cuttings, here’s where you should begin.
Anyone who’s eaten a mulberry knows that there’s no obvious/viable seed. So while the most obvious feature of the tree is the fruit, it is not best propagated via seed. Our next question is: Are you woody and upright? And the mulberry tree sure is! So we’ll take some cuttings and head over to our nursery to get them growing.
Mulberry’s a great plant. Its broad leaf is a favorite food for goats, rabbits, or any other herbivore. Our chickens and pigs like them too. It produces a delicious fruit for human, and it’s so easy to grow! I like to think that any plant that sticks by cutting and grows fast has a lot of life energy flowing through it.
Remember when taking cuttings to include 3-4 nodes per cutting and to plant at least 2 nodes deep. I like to trim back any leaf that is attached to keep my Root-Shoot Ratio healthy. I recommend planting the cuttings in bags, though a deep box or a shady and damp spot in your greenhouse or garden would also work. It’s fast work! You can literally take hundreds of cuttings per hour. Plus they grow fast, attract birds, provide animal fodder and fruit for us humans. What a great tree!
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