[NAFEX] rooting softwood mulberry
lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Mon Jul 10 14:22:14 EDT 2006
At 02:28 PM 7/6/2006, Donna wrote:
> I'm surprised that no one has jumped in with the answer to your
> question. Lucky must be out of town.
Yeah, I was.
I've had better success with M.rubra as summer-collected(seems like I
did 'em in July) semi-hardwood cuttings than as dormant-collected
cuttings. M.alba & the M.a.XM.r. hybrids would probably work as
well or better than M.rubra.
Pencil-diameter cuttings of current-year's growth have worked fairly
well for me, 8-10 inches in length - I'll leave 2 or 3 leaves
attached, but cut about half the leaf off (just a transverse cut,
halfway up the leaf) to diminish transpiration losses. Wound and dip
the basal end in your choice of rooting hormone and stick in a
soilless potting mix. I water daily, and keep the cuttings in a
shady spot - no direct sun.
I've tented some by placing a plastic bag over the pot the cuttings
were in, and left others 'untented', and really didn't see much difference.
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