Farming forum: Raising silkworms on white mulberry

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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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May 24, 2016 3:02 PM CST
Does anyone in warmer climates have a huge white mulberry tree?

Would you be willing to order silkworms and place them on the trees leaves to see if silkworms survive?

I had tried this, but the town cut down the last mulberry tree so I can't continue my experiment.

Supposedly silkworms are unable to survive in the wild, but ones I let go survived for weeks on a mulberry tree so I think scientists need to update their data or try to naturalize them.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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May 24, 2016 3:36 PM CST
Interesting. I know my cousin who lives on the Jersey shore complains bitterly about the purple mulberry street trees that make a mess of everything. I just planted a white mulberry but it is just a little whip at this point. Keep us informed if you find any volunteers.
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