October 4, 2009 at 5:48 am #249901battlecrumpetMember
We have a healthy bush / tree in our back yard that gives these long white mulberries (white shahoot I think??)
I’d like to try to grow another mulberry tree from this one, instead of buying a new tree.
Do you think that’s likely to work?
And would it be best to use seeds or cuttings? And how would I go about it?
I looked up the Seed Savers Handbook online but couldn’t find anything about growing mulberries from seed…
Thanks in advance 🙂October 4, 2009 at 6:01 am #435811jaymesMember
I’ve grown heaps of black mulberries from cuttings. I took them in spring. Use canes about 1-2cm thick :tup:October 4, 2009 at 6:35 am #435812ChezzaParticipant
Jaymes is right… I took a couple of canes and planted them out…. They haven’t grown much but they sure haven’t gone backwards in any way!!!October 4, 2009 at 11:40 pm #435813MumchookMember
I agree, cuttings are the way to go. :tup: Am about to do more myself.October 11, 2009 at 9:56 pm #435814battlecrumpetMember
Thanks, sounds like it’s a great time of year to do it!October 11, 2009 at 10:23 pm #435815NimrodelMember
Has anyone grown other fruit trees ie apples or cherries etc from cuttings with success? I have been reading up on the Own Root growing system and want to try it with cuttings from the trees on the place we are renting but not sure how best to ensure successful cuttings.January 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm #435816karyn26Member
I have managed to grow at least 4 mulberry cuttings from an existing tree.
All are growing quite well
So the Q is now when do I plant them out where I want them to go,
At least 3 are in the ground and 1 is in a container,all have vigorous growth and I dont want then getting TOO big before having to be moved.January 19, 2011 at 2:13 pm #435817bushyMember
From my experience mulberries are the easiest fruit trees to grow from cutting, I grow them to sell at the markets and they have fruit on them, in the pots, in their first year.
Ive even prunned my trees and wherever the twigs fell on the ground they took root !!!
Apples and similar trees will strike from cuttings but Ive found they always seem to do poorly compared to a grafted seedling. Other ppl may have had success but the pros dont do it, so I guess that means something.January 19, 2011 at 6:11 pm #435818GrethMember
Sometimes the rootstock used professionally is more disease resistant, or better adapted for cold/heat/drought/whatever, than the cultivar grafted onto it, and so the variety will grow better on a rootstock than on own roots.
SOMETIMES. Mostly budding/ grafting is used because it is quicker, uses less stock material, and waaaay more profitable than growing from cutting.
So trying any desired plant from cutting is an intelligent and possibly very worthwhile home experiment. you could also try any ‘wild’ apple seedlings which seem to be thriving locally, and have a go at grafting commercial varieties onto them yourself, or graft a new desired variety onto an existing nursery tree.
Let the Guardian Angel Givitago be your guide!January 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm #435819karyn26Member
Thanks ladies but I’d really like to know when I can plant out the cuttings that have taken.
Do mulberries have a dormant period like stone fruits??
If they do then I should plant them out in winter??March 23, 2012 at 3:09 am #435820cch1951horsesMember
I have a black mulberry of a size about 8mtr diameter and 8mtr in hieght.It bears beautiful soft low pith fruit. I have taken cuttings in spring with 4 from 7 success but I have since read that it is best to tack cuttings when the tree is going into dormancy. this can occur in Australia as early as late march. You will know by the leaf changing to autum yellow/brown and leaf loss. You can place the cutting directly to your well prepare site in the ground or into pots. While in dormancy they require minimal water but when they begin to shoot it is time to feed and water. Cuttings should not be more than 1mtr high and when they begin to bud out the shoots rub off all the lower shoots leaving just 2 or 3 at the top of the cutting.
I wish you well.
I am hoping to make mulberry wine from next years crop.March 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm #435821froot_loopzMember
MulberriesMarch 24, 2012 at 3:31 am #435822pennyMember
Anyone in WA who is willing to give me some cuttings. I would love some for the property.March 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm #435823cch1951horsesMember
It is nearly pruning time for me so if you want some cuttings come and help yourself. I am about 85kms from Kelmscott towards Brookton.
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