I was looking into grafting a Morus Rubra (Varaha) onto a Morus Alba (Kokuso) or a hybrid (Oscar). Has anyone had any success or experience with this? Or should I just attempt to root the Varaha?
It’s not a problem.
I have a 20+ yr old graft of a local rubra on M.alba understock.
My personal experience has been that 0% of dormant-collected cuttings of M.rubra or M.rubraXalba hybrids rooted. But… I don’t have bottom heat or a mist system. Perhaps a heated propagation mat might improve matters, IDK.
I have rooted hybrids and albas from mid-summer semi-hardwood and greenwood cuttings, but have never successfully rooted a rubra. But… I’ve not devoted a lot of time or TLC to the cuttings, so there’s that…
Thank you @Lucky_P. Very helpful information.
Varsha is likely a selection of feral M. alba x rubra. Regardless, several folks here find the flavor very good.
My spidey senses are telling me I should graft over my 1-year old Kokuso with Varaha.
I too will be adding Varaha this year. I will likely also graft over my kokuso, maybe with Varaha but also perhaps Kaester.
Can anyone compare it to other common varieties? Like IE/Silk Hope/Pakistan etc.
@ramv In your zone, There are some good varieties to try. King James I immediately comes to mind. It’s probably my favorite Morus Nigra after Gelso Nero della Regina, which I’ve never seen in the US.
I think Kaester might be one of the best as it is such a beautiful and vigorous shade tree in California. Usually Morus Nigra is slow growing but Kaester is faster and has larger fruit.
Here is a recent photo of one.
Let me guess - Emma Prusch?
Wow! How did you guess? LOL
We all know these chickens.
Also, my daughter goes to preschool there. So, I know the place (even) better now
Now I feel there may be hope for my IE that I had to do some rather large surgical cuts on this year to remove some rot spots. Looks like this one healed from similar cuts. Thanks for posting this pic!