It survived the transplant (I love the tropics!) – most of the leaves fell off, and some branches died, so I pruned those off, together with any that were growing away from the wall. I’ve tied the remaining branches onto the mesh for now, but will remove the ties once more tendrils grow.
I’ve also mulched it with leaves from next door’s Coeur de Boeuf tree (soursop) as I haven’t made it to the beach to collect seaweed yet. I’ve kept the mulch well away from the stem to avoid stem and root rot.
It started dying back due to the white mould (which apparently is a widespread problem in Mauritius at the moment), so Alf cut the top off (as I couldn’t reach it):
We continued to spray, and look what’s happening:
I also don’t know what to do about the top – surely we don’t leave the bottle on forever? Does it close up? Branch out? More waiting and seeing, I guess.
Bamboo, Cordyline, and Daylilies
After tying it up, I’ve decided not to prune the bamboo (sorry Asmi – no cuttings yet!) as I like the way it looks and moves in the wind:
Mulberry Tree (Mure)
White mould strikes again!
A lot of the leaves fell off, and the new growth at the top of the branches was distorted.
I pruned off about 5 feet as even Alf couldn’t reach to spray the tops of the branches – it’s a much more manageable height now at about 6 feet, and hopefully, this will also cause the tree to branch out as it was pretty straggly.
When I googled “pruning mulberries”, the information was too general and contradictory: only prune when the tree is dormant (doesn’t happen in the tropics – it’s evergreen here), prune off 1/3, don’t prune, only prune branches growing into the centre. Arrgh! No details of where on the branch to prune or other things I need to know.
Google’s great for a lot of things, but when we lived in Perth, I would always borrow gardening books written by experts from our local library, rather than spend hours online with not much to show for it.
Anyway, I just guessed and made the cuts above buds that were facing away from the centre of the tree. Don’t know what the buds are. Leaves? Branches? Who knows. So again, will wait and see.
I’m having one final go at these, and if it doesn’t work this time, I’m planting something else.
Many of them have died (I don’t know why), so I have a lot of gaps.
Others are growing horizontally or unevenly.
They still don’t look like a hedge – maybe I should have planted them closer to each other.
Anyway, I’ve pulled out the dead ones, and pruned the rest back hard.
I selected about 20 straight cuttings (about 1 foot long) from the bits I pruned:
and stuck them in a jar of water with a few drops of Seasol added (to strengthen the plants and help them root):
I hope it works this time as I really like the plant, and I really, really like hedges.
Oh, and did you notice the sad state of our dodos?
We haven’t had workers around for a while, so I forgot to move them from under the tap before Joselito washed out the tile adhesive bucket.
The good news though, is that I had to repaint and varnish them after the painters covered them in housepaint, so I already know how to mix the right shade of green.
Sometimes, you’ve just gotta look on the bright side of life!