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You can cut down the branches as you go, as this forces new shoots from the base. It takes time, but they will develop shoots, much like a bamboo forest. But if you shouldn't cut all the branches down until the end of the season if you want it to remain a bush. This forces the trunk to harden (you are artificially dwarfing it, like you do with a bonsai) and many new shoots will spring up next season. If you want it to be a tree, leave the central branch, and let it develop smaller branches off the knots.
So I was at the arboretum festival today and they were giving away FREE tree saplings. Turned out to be only evergreens. I inquired about mulberry saplings, and guess what the lady said to me? "Mulberry trees? why would you want that? They have these fruits that stain, drop all over the place, and the squirrels eat them and make a huge mess. They are very invasive!"
I said, I want them for silkworms. That shut them up.
What an honor it is to be posted on Sue Kayton!! I am in correspondence with her and she is encouraging me to make the silkworm life cycle display case and offer it on my website. That would definitely be a cool thing to have! Drove around the neighborhood with my two kids on this beautiful May like weather and found catkins and small leaflets coming out of neighborhood bushes!! My Tigers are feasting on these tender catkins right now :)
Will be working with sex linked silkworms from Europe as well as silk quality eggs from China- stay tuned!
First brood of tiger silkworms have reached their 2nd instar! They are currently raised on chow and getting over to be switched to leaves in another week. As expected, mulberry leaves are one of the last trees to leaf out. These will be selectively bred for the many generations to come. Since these are bivoltine strains, they will produce another filial generation in July and then retire for the season. Their eggs will be offered for sale during winter time after diapause. I am selling these tiger silkworms in small quantities as feeders to anyone interested. Will let them go at about one inch. Pls email to reserve yours.
Since switching over to Weebly, I seemed to have lost my rank with the search engines. So, if anyone is looking to partner up and willing to exchange links to gain visibility, let me know!
A once little girl who dreamed of silkworms growing on mulberry trees...