The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 84
This manual is not intended to be a scientific treatise on mulberry trees. It has been compiled for the purpose of giving a few practical hints as to the best methods of planting and propagating those varieties which have been found to be most adapted for silkworm food. It is as yet premature to state which is the very best variety of mulberry for New Zealand. General rules and such information as would apply under all circumstances and in all places would be extremely difficult to formulate, and too vague for practical use at any given point. The following rule may, however, with safety be laid down : All mulberry trees the leaves of which are soft, glossy, and smooth on both sides (not prickly or woolly) may be used. With a first-class quality of silkworm eggs and an equal amount of care bestowed on the worms the difference between one variety of tree and another will not amount to much as regards the quantity or quality of the cocoons.
I have submitted this manual for revision and correction to an expert who has had over twenty years" practical experience in New Zealand of planting and propagating trees. Therefore I venture to hope that the instructions given herein will be found useful and in most instances correct.