Cultivation of Mulberry Plants
Mulberry plants can be grown in any soil and in any climate. It is propagated by cuttings. The land is ploughed well six or seven times in April-May and manured with cattle manure at the rate of 20-25 tones per hectare. Furrows are opened a meter apart either way and at the junctions, small pits are scooped out and 2 or 3 cuttings are planted in each pit. Each cutting should be 20 to 22 cm long with three nodes. When the plants grow too high, they are cut back and this will also help in the production of new flush of leaves. The plants can yield well for 12 years after which they are pulled out and fresh planting is taken up. From the plants each year six to eight crops of leaves can be taken and the average yield per hectare is 25 to 30 metric tones of green leaves.