ABOUT THIS MULBERRY TREE.
East Coast Foot Long Mulberry Tree (morus nigra) – Foot Long has extremely large deep ruby-red fruit not quite a foot long but our on site tree produces very large fruit 4 to 7 inches long and 3/8 inch in diameter. The flesh is firmer than most other cultivars with a sweet fine balance of flavors. Quality of the fruit is excellent and the tree has a spreading habit with large dinner plate sized, heart-shaped leaves. Botanically the fruit is not a berry but a collective fruit in appearance like a swollen loganberry. When the flowers are pollinated they and their fleshy bases begin to swell. Ultimately they become completely altered in texture and color becoming succulent fat and full of juice.
Our Trees, Here at the nursery in north Florida, our trees have grown to twenty feet in three years or so, berries are four to seven inches in length and the sweetest of all, with about a thousand per tree. Unfortunately berries ripen in late March when all the birds are passing through so, for us ripe berries must be collected at sunrise or not at all.
Mulberry harvests only last about three weeks, trees produce far too many sweet berries for one person to eat (sometimes two thousand or more), you may want to invite friends and family to join in.
All the Mulberry trees we offer are propagated from healthy, vigorous, fruit producing mother tree, grown right here in our nursery. This means, you receive an clone, true in form and flavor, as is often not the case with some tissue culture plants. Truly a better tree!
The growth rate and yield of East Coast Foot Long will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. A few leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
|SOIL TYPERich Moist||% SUN80-100%|
|POT SIZE2x2x7″ Deep||INCLUDESOne Plant|
MULBERRY TREE CARE.
Mulberries are easy to grow, delicious fruit producing trees often producing thousands of fruit per year. Mulberries will grow happily and fruit in a pot or in-ground. They add a tasty accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In cooler zones a containerized Mulberry can be relocated indoors for the winter months.
When you receive your new Mulberry, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water and moving it to a shady location, simply keep moist. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new Mulberry.
All Mulberry varieties grow very well in containers, indoors or on the patio. Smaller varieties grow best indoors in 10″ to 14″ diameter pots while larger varieties need enough room for growth, generally a 14″ to a 24″ diameter, 14″ deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your Mulberry will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow, at that point it is time for a larger pot.
East Coast Foot Long Mulberry Trees enjoy a well drained, general potting mix easily found at your local box store. Remember try to stay away from arid or wet, mucky soils.
To help establish your new East Coast Foot Long Mulberry, fertilize sparingly ten inches away from the base, tri-annually with a slow time released product. Unfertilized they will tend to grow at a slower pace. Note: The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers will damage the roots and possibly kill the plant. Its best to use a brand you know and trust.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT.
Best outdoors if grown in zone 8b-9b, find your zone here. This Mulberry requires 80-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is often best. In the northern end of their grow zone East Coast Foot Long Mulberry trees should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. The patio zone is 4a-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in colder zones but must be brought inside before winter.
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS.
At the nursery these Mulberries are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant this Mulberry in a brightly lit area you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE.
All East Coast Foot Long Mulberry for sale will vary in size. In the spring, plants are often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Plants designated with a sku ending in -4, -6 or -8 will arrive in a standard 4 inch, 6 inch or 8 inch round growers pot respectively. Our new, reusable, recyclable deep plugs are 7 or 9 inches deep and 2 or 2.5 inches in width. Products growing in these pots are easy to transplant and allow for deeper roots and faster growth, they are designated with a sku ending in -7 or -9. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. For more information, click the “best packaging” link at the bottom of this page.
Note: Before leaving, Mulberries are inspected, watered, and pruned. Larger plants, generally those that ship in 8″ pots, will be topped to 36″ or 48″ overall, depending on the variety, if necessary, to facilitate shipping. Your new plants’ pot is then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Plants are tissue or kraft paper wrapped and generally secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You may want to order your East Coast Foot Long Mulberry Tree (morus nigra) online now while they are in stock, supplies are limited.