[NAFEX] Illinois Everbearing mulberry

Dr. Lucky Pittman lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Tue Sep 1 12:25:29 EDT 2009

All I've ever seen are grafted, usually onto seedling rootstock - I presume
row-run M.alba or M.albaXrubra seedlings.
I've grafted it onto M.alba seedlings rogued out of fencerows/flowerbeds,
*Supposedly* mulberries can be rooted - their 'cousin' the fig is easy to
propagate that way - but I've never had any success with dormant-collected
cuttings, and only minimal success with softwood/semi-hardwood cuttings
collected in mid-summer - but I didn't give 'em much TLC, either.

I've seen HUGE old IE trees - one at Les Wilmoth's place must be at least
35-40 ft tall, and it'd take two people linking arms to reach around it.
Someone on the list once said that trying to prune/train IE was like trying
to control a firehose, but I've read of folks who've kept it to a manageable
size by constant judicious pruning.


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Subject: [NAFEX] Illinois Everbearing mulberry

Finally tasted some Illinois Everbearing mulberries the other day &
they were really lovely.  Good flavor, not insipid, a bit small but
not overly & they easily put my Russian mulberries to shame...

Does anyone know if these are own-rooted or grafted?  & if grafted,
what are they typically grafted on?

Also what techniques are there for creating harvestable plants?  Are
their ways to prune or coppice to keep the plants in a dwarf state?

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