How to Propagate a Mulberry Tree


Climbing a mulberry tree is a happy childhood memory for many people. With careful attention to propagation, you can grow your own mulberry trees from an original tree. The amount of water and light, and the type of cutting and soil that you use will dictate your success.

Things You'll Need

  • Established, healthy mulberry tree
  • Rooting container
  • Glass or plastic dome cover for rooting container
  • Garden shears
  • Sand or fine gravel
  • Perlite
  • Peat
  • Take cuttings from a parent tree in the summer. Cut from the leafy softwood part of the tree, and make sure cuttings are free from disease and fungus.

  • Attempt to take cuttings from a young seedling when possible. These cuttings may root better than cuttings from older trees.

  • Root the mulberry tree cutting in a mixture of equal parts sand (or fine gravel), peat and perlite. Provide adequate drainage in a clean container during the rooting process.

  • Provide a moist, humid environment for the rooting process; cover the container with plastic or glass to create a greenhouse environment or continually mist the cutting.

  • Keep the cuttings out of direct sunlight. Make sure that the temperature is 60 to 65 degrees F.

Tips & Warnings

  • You will need an automatic misting system if you do not use the greenhouse-style method.
  • Be sure not to overwater or underwater the cutting.
  • While the cutting needs light, direct sunlight can prevent rooting.

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