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Everbearing Mulberry Cuttings, when to put in sun?  RSS feed

 
                                
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Location: zone 10 B, S. Florida
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Hello!

I'm new to the forums, here, and have been perusing many topics.  Looks like a great place to hang out with like-minded folks.  Happy to be here!

Five weeks ago, I put some mulberry cuttings that someone gave me, into a a pot of basic (non-feriilized) soil, that had some perlite in it.  Three cuttings have roots out of six that I had put in there, and two of the three cuttings have tiny green buds growing on the nodes. 

The man who gave them to me told me not to put them in the sun for about a month.  Yesterday, I put one of them into it's new place in the yard, on the southwest corner of the house.  (We live in zone 10B, S. Florida).  Now I question my decision to do that.  Is it too soon to transplant to the yard, into the sun?  They had been acclimating to the morning sun on the east side of the house for a week. 

I'm so new to doing this, I wasn't even sure that I would get roots on the cuttings, but am thrilled that I got some of them to root. 

Most websites on the net will tell you how to get the cuttings to root, but don't tell much about what to do while it is rooting or when to transplant.  Any good advice will be appreciated on how to care for these newly rooted mulberry cuttings. 

We have tree collard cuttings on the way, via mail order.  Hoping to be successful with those, too. 

Thank you in advance!

WL
 
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The trick is to keep as much roots on cuttings as possible when you get them out of the pot to separate them.
The roots are very fragile, i put the pot in a bucket of water and let it soak in, then gently swing them up and down in the water in the bucket, so the earth drifts away around the fragile roots.
Then transplant the rooted ones to a solo pot back in the shade. Put the solopots in a container filled with some water.
Then i can move them after a while, when they've established into a demi-shade place.
Then full sun for a while and then give them their final place in the earth.
I say a while, because it depends on the plant, use your gut feeling, when you see real growth it's ready for the next stage.
Let it fall dry as well, that will increase the rootgrowth.
But now you've done it already, full sun, keep it wet, maybe it'll be fine, watch it's leaves, if they don't look happy, not very green, drooping, shade it,put something in front of it, don't take it out again.
I do a like a hundred a year, 3/5 make it, they're nice presents or trading material.
It's mostly cassis , red berry, so i wouldn't know about everbearing mulberry.
Good luck.
 
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