My mulberries

tortoisept

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All mulberry species seem to be great tort food, so I'm into them. Torts get the leaves and I get the berries :) I have a few of them ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1442065937.873412.jpg . ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1442065974.255749.jpg ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1442066000.563491.jpg . 2x mulberry wellington. ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1442066036.355801.jpg . Mulberry bombycis kagayami. ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1442066077.846562.jpg . Morus nigra - black mulberry king James. ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1442066121.407421.jpg . Unknown cultivar hybrid possibly (red fruits). ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1442066191.539261.jpg . Unknown cultivar hybrid (red fruits). ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1442066267.258905.jpg . Weeping fruiting mulberry. ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1442066296.641527.jpg . And trying to root several cuttings of morus alba (giant leaves) and some of an high producer of berries morus nigra (from a family centenary tree). Meanwhile also waiting for 15 different cultivar mulberries to arrive :). Mulberry fanatic here :)
 

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Wow, that's great. I only have the fruitless ones, three of them. I like the berries, but I don't want the mess they can make.
How did you do your cuttings? Where do you cut and how do you then try to start them?
I have done cuttings before from Rose of Sharon trees, but just placing the cutting into water and when it roots, then planting it. I am trying that now with a grape vine cutting, fingers crossed it will work.
 

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Hardwood cuttings with some dorment buds preferibly, cut all the leafs out on some, others I just leave 1 or 2 leafs. The bottom part of the cutting I scar and expose the green tissue underneath which I dip in rooting hormone then and put on pure moist perlite! Everything goes inside a white bin bag (greenhouse effect) which needs to breathe a bit everyday to avoid rot. Mine started to form some fungi on the buds so I immediatly took the bag out and are on my windows balcony. Put cinnamon on the affected plants (kills the fungi). Take 45 days or more to root.
 

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I agree with Barb. I went the "volunteer" route a while back. As the volunteer mulberry tree grew and matured, I found it had berries on it. What a mess. Besides more volunteer plantlets sprouting up all over my property, there were purple splotches from bird droppings all over everthing - the sides of the house, the lawn chairs, the car, the tortoises - whew! Awful!!

Far as I'm concerned, seedless is the way to go.
 

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I much prefer the fruiting varieties, heavy producers if possible! Love those fruits, I'm ok with the staining, etc.. The torts get the leafs, I get the berries :)
 
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