If you're interested in growing your own mulberry trees, you might want to try propagating them from cuttings. Propagation is a great way to create new plants that are genetically identical to the parent plant, and it's a fun project to take on. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of propagating mulberries from cuttings.
Before you start propagating mulberries, you'll need to gather some materials:
- Nine-inch tree pots or simple gallon pots
- Rooting hormone
- Mulberry sticks
- Pro-mix or a combination of 25% perlite and 75% peat moss
- Heat mat
Cutting the Mulberry Sticks
Once you have your materials, it's time to start cutting your mulberry sticks. Here's how to do it:
- Cut the sticks to size, looking for a diameter of 5/16 of an inch.
- Each cutting should have three nodes on it.
- Make the first cut at the bottom of the future cutting across a node or across the area where a bud is appearing.
- Count up three nodes and cut into the stick.
- Wrap the top of the cutting with parafilm, but try not to wrap the buds.
Planting the Cuttings
Now that you have your mulberry cuttings, it's time to plant them. Here's what to do:
- Label your pots so you don't mix up your cuttings.
- Fill your pots with pro-mix or the peat moss and perlite combination.
- Make sure the soil is moist but not too wet.
- Pack the pots tightly so there are no loose ends.
- Insert the cuttings into the pro-mix up to where the parafilm is.
- Put two or three cuttings in each pot.
- Put the pots on a heat mat at 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Keep the middle section of the soil moist by watering every week or two.
After a few weeks, you should start to see some growth. Here's what to do:
- Start the cuttings off in darkness.
- Gradually move them into the light.
- Keep the cuttings on the heat mat for a couple of months.
- After six weeks, you should see some growth.
Propagating mulberries from cuttings is a fun and rewarding project for any gardener. With a few basic materials and some patience, you can create new plants that are genetically identical to the parent plant. Just follow these steps, and you'll be on your way to growing your own mulberry trees in no time.