Growing mulberries is worth your effort because they are not readily available in greengrocers shops or the supermarkets. The juicy and tasty mulberries are the best treat that you can give to yourself. The best thing is that the gnarled and crooked shape with fantastic spreading habits is a beautiful architectural addition to your garden.
Mulberries are easy to grow with the ability to succeed in different soil conditions. The good news is that you can grow them against walls if you don’t have enough space.
If you want to grow trees in pots, you must shift the trees in larger containers each spring before the growth restarts.
- Prevent the young mulberries trees from drying in the first few seasons
- Apply high potash fertiliser around the plants in early spring. Vitax Q is the best fertiliser that you can use. You can spread one handful of fertiliser in each square metre/yard of bare soil. However, one and a half handfuls are the amounts you can apply to the mulberries growing in the grass.
- Feed the plants with organic matter
- Prune the mulberries in the dormant stage. In this way, you will prevent the sap from bleeding.
- Trim the shoots that are disturbing the shape of trees
- Remove the over-crowded, broken or dead shoots present below the framework.
Training as an espalier
- Choose a sheltered wall with maximum exposure to sunlight.
- Plants the trees which are 2-3 years older and train them in the form of espalier
- Prune the shoots arising from branches
- Stem back the pruned branches to 3-4 leaves, producing fruiting spurs
- Carry out this entire process in late summer when there is a decrease in growth
Training as a bush
- Trim the leader up to 4.5-5.5 ft in winter
- Use these to create a framework containing 8-10 branches.
- Prune the branches. Make sure pruning is minimal.
- Mulberries need well-drained, moisture-retentive and deep soil.
- Plant the container-grown and bare roots trees in spring
- Stakes the plants to Mulberries like deep, moisture-retentive, but well-drained soil that has been improved before planting.
- Plant both bare root and container-grown trees in the spring to avoid wind rock
- Try to plant part-trained specimens.
- Make sure trees have around 16-33 ft diameter to spread.
- Fill the containers with loam-based compost to plant mulberries in containers.
It takes around 8-9 years to have fruits on plants. Usually, August to September is the perfect time to pick the fruit.
Follow these steps to harvest the mulberries.
- Wear the gloves to avoid your hands from fruit staining
- Spread a sheet on the ground
- Shake the branches to gather mulberries
Vegetables, leaves, buds, fruit and seedlings are the parts the birds eat the most. So, you must take preventive measures to save your plants.
- Bird-scaring or scarecrows helps prevent the birds’ attack.
- Use net or fleece to cover the plants.
American Gooseberry mildew
This mildew results in the development of white fungus on stems and leaves. Even the fruit may get infested with it, leading to ripening problems.
- Don’t plant in enclosed, poorly ventilated and low lying areas.
- Prune the plants in open shape for better ventilation.
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