In their enthusiasm, new gardeners usually make the mistake of fertilizing fresh cuttings too soon, too much. This usually sends the cuttings to an early grave …
Pointer 5 – When to fertilize
1. Fertilize established plants lightly once a forthnight with an organic fertilizer. I use an organic processed chicken manure but only when i remember which is like once every couple of months.
2. Never fertilize a new cutting for at least 3-4 months after planting or a newly transplanted plant for a few weeks.
3. When in doubt about the quantity of fertlizer to use, use less. That will not harm the plant and you can experiment with a higher dose once you gain more confidence. Giving the plant a huge dose could kill it.
Pointer 6- Pests and/or diseases
1. Mealy bugs – These are the white cottony stuff that cling to the stems of the mulberry plant. They can be removed by wiping with a damp cloth. I have also tried brushing them away under running water.
Other forumers have tried using summer oil for the same purpose successfully. If the infestation is bad, I’d recommend pruning and discarding the entire branch.
2. Scales – These are the small round brown discs that attach themselves to the stems. As the mulberry stems are naturally speckled, it may be difficult to spot the scales until there are a few. These can also be wiped off using a damp cloth. Alternatively you can try scraping them off.