Mulberry Trees: How to
Grow, Prune and Make Mulberry Wine
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!
Mulberries are also self-fertile, so you don't
have to plant more than one tree to get the soft, luscious fruit every
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 in each successive year
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.
But as mulberry trees can grow quite high, it is worth
keeping the tree short enough for you to be able to harvest the berries
without too much trouble. If you don't you will lose the berries to the
birds, and you will have to make do with the fruit from the lower limbs.
Growing Mulberry Trees for the Fruit
There is no point in growing mulberries without using the fruit. And
let's face it, how many mulberry pies, desserts or bottles of jam will
you go through before you get to a stage that you don't even want to
look at another mulberry.
Well, what about making mulberry wine? It isn't as difficult as you
think, and certainly helps to use up a glut of mulberries in a very
Mulberry Wine Recipe
Pick your mulberries on a nice, sunny day at the time when the berries
have just changed from going from red to a shiny black.
Now spread out the fruit thinly on a clean table or flat surface for 24
Gather them up in bundles of cheese cloth and squeeze the bundles over
a large bowl so that you are able to get all the juice out.
Another way of doing this is ny spinning the bags and keep rotating
them in one direction so that the bag is drawn up tight, presing on the
fruit and allowing the juice to run freely into the bowl.
Now, boil a gallon of water for every gallon of juice and put in an
ounce of cinnamon bark and 6 ounces of sugar.
Stir until sugar is dissolved and remove from the heat. Skim
the water, strain it, and then add the mulberry juice.
Now add a bottle of good sweet wine to the mulberry juic, a Riesling it
perfect, and place the mixture in a small keg. Leave for 5-6
days to settle. The draw off the mixture into bottles and leave them in
a cool place until required.
Delicious homemade mulberry wine!
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