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When I got my mulberry plant 8 months ago, it has two main branches. I wanted only 1 main branch. So removed one branch before planting. But the way I have removed the branch was, I left 1.5 inch from the trunk. It worked nicely.

Recently, I decided to remove that extra 1.5 inch. So I have removed that 1.5 inch. But it has been bleeding for a month and didn't heal completely. Can I help it somehow?

mulberry tree after pruning

mulberry tree after pruning

mulberry tree after pruning

mulberry tree after pruning

Update Jan 1, 2023: the good news it has stopped bleeding after about 5 weeks.

mulberry tree

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    Not helpful to you now but if you have a large branch like that, the trick is to prune away its branches to slow its growth. Then once the trunk has grown so that the branch's diameter is less than 1/4 of the trunk diameter, you can remove it. Good luck!
    – JimmyJames
    Dec 22, 2022 at 21:50

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This is going to be hard: the best thing to do for pruning is: nothing.

There is enough of a collar around the cut that, with time, the tissue around the perimeter of the cut will heal over and close off. You are seeing sap continue to come out as I expect it is hot enough that the tree is transpiring water from the roots to the leaves at full speed.

The best things you can do are:

  • provide water during hot and dry periods (less frequent waterings of ten litres of more are preferred over frequent, small volumes)
  • top dress with organic matter or compost ( 1 cm per application every few months)

Here is another article that is very detailed on how to prune for trees of all ages

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  • Ok. I see that its leaves started to dry like this ibb.co/YhnFb1B . I believe enough water wasn't going up. But now, the good news it has stopped bleeding after about 5 weeks. ibb.co/93p2W7Z & ibb.co/ZgqyX6t
    – EresDev
    Jan 1, 2023 at 13:23
  • Now it has started to bleed again as new growth and fruiting has started. Bleeding is slightly less than the above, but it is happening.
    – EresDev
    Feb 20, 2023 at 10:47
  • Update: tree has started to lose unripe fruits everyday. Almost 80% fruits have fallen down. Growth of leaves that started very fast has become very slow as weather is also becoming a little hot. During day, when temperate is about 31c, all leaves curl up. At night they relax. A few new branches heads have dried up. Here temperature goes upto 50c. I don't know what will it do then. I will share photos later, but I am thinking, maybe kill it and plant a new tree. This is taking too long to heal. @kevinskio
    – EresDev
    Mar 13, 2023 at 16:17
  • I have same tree a little away in same soil, with same water and sun, it is growing like crazy. because it has no wound. However, it was planted a few months earlier relative to wounded tree.
    – EresDev
    Mar 13, 2023 at 16:19
  • @EresDev fruit drop is frequently associated with not enough water. Is the soil too porous? Drains too quickly or not at all?
    – kevinskio
    Mar 13, 2023 at 18:35

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