Growing mulberries is an excellent choice and although maintaining proper care for a mulberry bush is fairly easy, the berries have a short shelf life so they aren’t often offered in supermarkets. However, if you plant your own mulberry bush and maintain it properly, it will soon grow into a tree that will provide an abundant amount of berries.
Proper care for a mulberry bush includes the following;
- Choosing the right soil. The perfect soil for mulberry trees is slightly acidic with a pH value somewhere between 5.5 and 6.5. It is not recommendable to plant them in areas where floods are frequent because they prefer deep soils with good drainage.
- Preparing the hole and planting the bush. The planting hole needs to be three times the width of the pot and you should use some compost for the best results. Don’t bury the root too deep into the soil and water the plants so the roots can settle.
- Fertilizing the tree once or twice a year. Mulberry tree fertilizers that contain iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper, boron and molybdenum are recommended. Avoid using fertilizers too close to the trunk but instead spread them evenly under the canopy.
- Watering the plant once or twice a week. The tree needs at least an inch of water weekly so if there was sufficient rain, you don’t need to water the tree. If you do water, soak the root system completely over the course of about 45 minutes.
- Pruning the tree in the winter. Be sure to remove the diseased, crossed or dead branches and follow the shape of the tree. Never make cuts that are over 2 inches in diameter as this can cause irreparable damage.
- Controlling pests and diseases. This would include spraying the tree to prevent white peach scales, removing the infected fruit from the tree, and applying fungicide treatment to prevent powdery mildew.
Written by: Paulynn