Fruiting mu lberry tree
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Fruiting mu lberry tree trees from 1 year old rootstock are available at Henry Street Nursery and Market, NJ, or direct from Henry + Sons, Madison, CT (https://henryandson.com). They are particularly suited for northern hardiness zones 3 to 9 and most will fruit for more than 20 years. We like the performance and vigor of the tree especially when on hardier rootstocks such as Jin Yin No. 3 and Windelare. We are now planting many more of these fruiting mulberry trees for our customers and hope to post our own trees to sell later in the year.
When choosing the initial “father” trees, keep in mind that you want to select one with a reasonable and easy to select Brix, mostly less than 14. The tree should be a similar size or larger than the space available to you. After selecting the “father”, you will need to back cross it to make your “mother” trees. In order to set the best Brix in the Brix range, you should consider pollinizers. These are little sticky capsules used to assist the male pollen in arriving on the female. There are a variety of pollinators, some more expensive than others. Pollinizers such as the Kensington plant style carries more pollen than more exotic models. It should not be used if you wish to continue to be selective. Other options include using a candy wrapper paper bag to seal the fruits in with a male parent. If you are able to return to the tree and pin the branches as a result, you can improve the potential. However, at this stage it will have the same level of diversity as the first plant you selected. It is best to avoid the common practice of using a flashlight to estimate Brix of fruits. At the average size of fruits, even of the correct color, there is enough variation to make it unreliable. The most widely available handheld digital refractometer is the DDS EasyCal (www.arbreeleagues.com).
Some mulberry growers are also using all sorts of genes and techniques to create true-to-type “yellow” mulberries. As you probably already know, most mulberries can be grouped into three major colors: black, white, and yellow. Which color you want is a matter of personal choice. I recommend a straight black mulberry if you like the classic look or a chocolate red mulberry if you like sweet fruits. An all-black mulberry can be more temperamental than one with white fruit on it. It can be difficult to assess ripeness of the fruit, because the color is really only a guide. As long as the skin stays firm it can be considered ripe. We have a large number of improved black mulberries and those fruits should be put out on the market soon.
Mulberry cultivators have to be creative, in our part of the world we have had to work with certain weather constraints, including drought, stormy weather, rain too late in the growing season to get the plants a good start and frost. In addition, our part of the world has many “pocket” cold regions where temperatures can drop to 25°F (frost). Once the grower has access to mulberry fruit in the supermarket, you can really have a lot of fun playing with the final color by adding pureed berries of a color to the fruit that you are making to add color. For example, if your “mother” trees have black fruits and you add only red or yellow food, you can get pink, red, and green fruits. Many supermarkets make their own mulberry products from fruit on trees that are available year round. We are currently waiting for the sun to come out so that we