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So a question to the individuals who have way more experience than I do.  

I am attempting to start a mulberry tree in my yard.  I have a spot picked out and i have dug a little of the soil and put some mulch in with it and mixed it well.  I'm wanting to do a cutting off of a nearby mulberry tree and use some rooting hormone to get it to take rather than trying to grow seed and get it to take.  Anyone have any experience w/ this or advice?

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I've used rooting hormone in the past, only for annual plants, I never tried it on trees. The drawback is preventing the cutting from wilting as it's source of water (the parent plant or tree it was taken from) has been severed. I'm willing to bet a cutting from that mulberry tree dipped in rooting hormone and placed outside in the soil will wilt and die almost immediately. Having said this, have you looked into air layering? It's a process of taking a small end of a branch of a tree or shrub, your mulberry for example, and getting it to form new roots before it is ever cut from the parent tree. I think this will be a much more successful way to get a clone of that mulberry tree established in your yard. Here's a thread with a video about it and some step by step instructions: https://permies.com/t/84300/Good-method-air-layering#697447
 
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Awesome idea.  Thanks so much.  I'll look into this.
 
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Happy to help. Good luck!
 
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