Fruitless Mulberry tree
I have lived in Las Vegas for 20 yrs and I planted a fruitless mulberry when I first arrived. It is now a huge and beautiful shade tree. We are moving to Powell Butte, Oregon and I would like to take a cutting of my lovely tree with me, but my husband said it won't survive the snowy winters there. Can it survive?
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Fruitless Mulberry are hardy in zone 4-8.
You are moving to zone 6a, so a Fruitless Mulberry is well within the growing zone.
Cut several healthy stems measuring approximately 4 to 6 inches in length. Use a sharp knife or pruners to prevent tearing the plant tissue. Make each cut just above a leaf node, which is where a leaf or bud emerges from the stem.
Remove blooms, buds and leaves from the bottom half of the cut stems. Dip the bottom 1 inch of the cut stems in powdered or liquid rooting hormone.
Create planting holes with a small stick or the dull end of a pencil. Several stems can safely be planted in the same container as long as the leaves don't touch. Plant the mulberry stems in the holes. Pat the soil firmly so the stems stand upright.
Cover the container with clear plastic. If the containers are small enough, cover them with a plastic bag. If necessary, place small sticks in the soil to prevent the plastic from touching the leaves.
Place the container in bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid bright sunlight, which may scorch the cuttings.