Growing Mulberry Trees

By Holly Schoch , last updated April 26, 2011

Mulberry trees are extremely easy to grow and propagate, not to mention they grow relatively quick, making them an ideal choice for homeowners. However, it is important to place these trees in an area where the fallen berries will not land in and area that receives high foot traffic, as the berries will stain the sidewalk while also being tracked inside. Once you have found a place away from your home, be sure that it is in a location where the tree will receive full sun. You will want to plant saplings in the spring, after the last frost has hit your area. You will then dig a hole that is equal in depth but two times the width of the root ball. After you have filled in with soil, water thoroughly to ensure that the air pockets have been collapsed. This will also give your tree a jumpstart on obtaining nutrients, as the roots will absorb the nutrients as it is soaking up the water.

Mulberry trees prefer a deep loam soil and one that drains well. Shallow soils are not recommended because it will discourage extensive root development. Do not over amend the soil, as excessive nutrients will actually cause more harm than good. An annual application of a balanced general purpose fertilizer should sustain the tree. This particular tree is semi-drought resistant, though during dry spells it will require watering. If you notice that the fruit is falling to the ground before it is fully ripe, this is an indicator that the tree isn't getting enough water. It is suggested, on weeks where your area doesn't receive adequate water, that you dump one five gallon bucket at the base of the tree. Never water from overhead, especially when the tree is young and more susceptible to diseases.

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