Would appreciate any general tips on care of young mulberry trees from someone with experience.
Bought two earlier this year, about 1.5m in height, no leaves. After planting they both put out loads of leaves and looked fine. I read somewhere they needed deep watering, so I started giving them 3 hours twice a week.
Leaves started to go yellow, so I cut back water to 30 mins twice a week. Then all the leaves started to go brown, which I thought might be windburm as they are in an exposed position, but apparently they are not bothered by a bit of wind.
I persevered with status quo, and although the brown leaves are still brown, they are now putting out new green leaves, so I guess I got away with it?
Have one in my garden in London that is many years old, someone told me close to a 100 years, but not sure. In winter is completely looses all it leaves. This year it was a bit late with the weather to fruit, now there are masses of fruit & it was professionally cut back around 20% during the winter.
It is a great tree lots of character. Believe they were more popular on Crete when people used to make their own silk, certainly the case 30 to 40 years ago, as the leaves were used for food for the worms. People used to buy the pupae by the cup from their local shop.
Good luck, hope you update this thread annually to let us know how it is going.
We too planted 2 mulberry trees recently, in our case to provide shade on the parking, and they seem to be doing OK with just an occasional bucket of water. Is your soil reasonable (ours is poor hillside stuff but well drained), where we have had poor growth it’s usually because the plant is sitting on a large rock so I’ve got a bit more thorough digging big holes and putting in clean topsoil. I was surprised how expensive they were for a relatively common tree – not as bad as cypresses though!
We got the fruitless variety to save messing the cars, but you can get black, white or red fruit I believe. A neighbour has a fruiting mulberry and we have made wonderful jam from it.