Mulberry Trees, Bushes
and Plants: How to Grow and Prune
Mulberry trees take me
back to my childhood to a day where my poor mother was beside
herself to see me in my Sunday best covered from head to toe
mulberry juice. It was a dress she had made just weeks before, and
which was absolutely ruined. There is nothing worse than mulberry juice
for mums and clothes, but oh how sublime for children in their
Growing Mulberry Trees: Suitable Climates
Growing mulberry trees can be done in most climates. I have even grown
a mulberry tree very successfully in a desert climate. They love any
warm climates, and will survive anywhere as long as the climate is not
Growing Mulberry Trees: Soil Conditions
They also like a pH soil of 5.5 - 7 and preferably a loamy soil. But
even that you can compromise on. They are quite hardy plants. But the
species that you want is the black mulberry for its fruit. The white
mulberry has very insipid fruit that is only grown for ornamental
Growing Mulberry Trees: Growing Conditions
Mulberry trees are not trees you want to plant in small gardens. They
can reach heights of between 30-50 feet over 20 years of growth.
However, if you do have the space, they make wonderful trees for
children to climb once established are great fun for the kids if you
ever want to keep silkworms! They are also self-fertile, so you don't
have to plant more than one get the soft, luscious fruit every year.
Best of all, you don't have to wait 20 years before it begins to fruit.
Your tree will fruit the very first year, and each successive year the
crop will be better than the last. It will fruit well for at least 40
Growing Mulberry Trees: When to Plant
The best time to plant bare-rooted trees is during the winter when the
plant is dormant. However, because of the cold, it is best to be extra
careful when back-filling the hole that you don't damage the roots that
can be quite brittle and fragile. Other plants can be planted in the
early spring. Make sure that the hole has a good amount of compost,
well-rotted farmyard manure and some blood and bone to give it a good
Growing Mulberry Trees: Where to Plant
If you live in a windy area, it is better to find a sheltered spot for
it. Young trees don't have strong limbs and could easily be damaged.
They also like to be well-watered, especially in the first 2 years as
their root system is still fairly shallow. If you live in a
hot climate, it would be best to conserve as much water as possible and
therefore a layer of mulch would be highly beneficial for your plant.
Water well when the fruit begins to form if you live in a hot climate,
because if you don't, your fruit will fall before they have even begun
To look after your tree dress with some compost just before it fruits
and after it has finished.
Mulberry Trees: Pruning
If you need to prune your tree in anyway, you should do so in the
winter months, as your tree will bleed during the times when the sap is
rising, and you don't want that.
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