Marvelous Mulberries

| April 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ripe Mulberries

Oh, my goodness who didn’t have a mulberry tree in their yard as a kid. I love mulberries they are one of my favourite berries. Maybe because my mum makes the best mulberry pie. As a kid if I raided the mulberry tree and returned home with my clothes stained purple with mulberry juice. But with enough mulberries for pie. Mum would not be happy but I always got mulberry pie for desert that night so it was worth getting into trouble.

Mulberries are a deciduous fast-growing tree and are often found planted around chook pens. Maybe because chooks love mulberries and will help clean up excess from the ground.  As well as fertilising under the tree to help feed it nutrients through chook poo. Natural organic fertiliser.

Ok there are 2 main varieties of mulberries white and black. And they are both edible varieties. Mulberries bear heavy crops of large juicy berries. The berries can be used not just in my mum’s yummy mulberry pie but in jams and other deserts as well. Also let’s not forget that the mulberry leaves are the staple diet of the silkworm. What a great thought having mulberry trees in your garden and having a family of silkworms living there.

Mulberry trees can be grown from Victoria to Queensland. They love well drained soil with good sunlight.

Propagation and planting of this awesome tree

Mulberries are extremely easy to propagate in the tropical and sub-tropical areas of Australia.

  • In the middle of spring cut a hardwood cutting about 60cm from an established tree
  • Place into a pot of good compost and coarse sand if you have access to some
  • Keep moist for 6 to 7 weeks
  • Now it should have an established a root system, so now it’s time to plant it in your garden

Alternately the cutting can be placed directly into its permanent growing position. Mulberries can also be propagated by seed as well. But be careful there are male and female trees and the male trees are unproductive.

If planting trees in an orchard style garden spacing should be approximately 8 metres apart.

Pruning and feeding

Prune the tree early in its growth to establish its shape. And then later on prune heavily to force the production of new wood that will bear the berries.

Feed with generous amounts of well-rotted manure and compost. Also, regular deep watering should be done in spring. And water when the first crop of berries is forming. There is no need to water in winter when the tree is dormant. Unless you live in central Queensland like I do and its dry a lot. So, I water nearly all year round. Depending on the rain.

Harvesting your berries

You can have fun harvesting them because you put a clean white sheet under the tree and then shake the mulberry tree. And watch all the berries tumbling onto the sheet. If your sheet gets stained who cares call it the mulberry sheet and enjoy the beauty of the purple stains. Now gather up your mulberries and enjoy them.

Mulberries don’t really suffer from any major pests and diseases. So, they can be grown organically easily. As always love what you grow.

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Hi my name Tanya and I am a lover of growing all things in the garden. Its the one place I feel at peace and can rest my soul. From my earliest childhood memory I have always loved the garden. So I hope to be able to pass on some of the information, tips, tricks and of course my passion for Gardening. Love what you grow. Enjoy.

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