Fruit and Nut Crops
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Though the wood of mulberry is relatively weak, it has been used in the crafting of furniture, fence posts, and farm tools. Fruits are eaten fresh and used to make preserves, jams, pies, and other sweets. Mulberry trees require almost no care. Flowering occurs in early spring and the fruits mature about two months later.
Young trees may require only light fertilization, while mature trees usually require none.
When training your mulberry, only remove as much wood as necessary to remove crossing branches and space main branches vertically along the trunk.
Fruit is produced on the current season’s growth. While dead or diseased branches may be removed at any time of year, heavy pruning of live tissue can result in a loss of fruit yield.
Some gardeners choose to prune in July (after fruiting), cutting the new growth of lateral branches (not main branches) back to six leaves. This encourages the growth of new, small lateral branches that will produce fruit the following year and possibly make fruit harvesting easier (within reach).
County Fact Sheets & Articles
- Chill Hours - UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions
- Fruits - UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions
- Fruits & Nuts - Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises
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