ABOUT THIS Mulberry
Sweet Southern Black Mulberry, Self fertile and a heavy producer the small fruit makes up for its size with flavor and juiciness. Native to central China it was introduced into the Americas for silk worm production during colonial times. A hardy tree that is easily kept trimmed to around 6 feet for easy harvesting of the delicious fruits. 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. These are very healthy plants with well established root systems.
The growth rate and fruit yield of Sweet Southern Black will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. Lower leaves are trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
Sweet Southern Black are very easy to grow plants that require little care. They add a tasty accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In very cold zones a containerized Mulberry plant can be brought inside for the winter months. In the northern end of their grow zone Sweet Southern Black plants should be brought indoors or protected with mulch during the winter months.
When you receive your new Mulberry plant, 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 in the bottom and moving it to a shady location. You can then add some mulch to the bucket to keep your plant standing upright. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new Mulberry plant.
Mulberries grow very well in patio containers. Allow enough room for growth generally a 18″ to a 24″ diameter, 10″ deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your plant will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow. At that point it is time for a larger pot.
Sweet Southern Black Mulberries enjoy well drained but moist, rich organic mix. Remember try to stay away from wet, mucky or dry, sandy soils.
To help establish your new Sweet Southern Black Mulberry, fertilize sparingly at least 6 inches away from the base, tri-annually with a slow time release 15-5-10. Unfertilized they will tend to grow very slowly. Note: The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers will damage the roots and possibly kill the tree.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT
Best outdoors if grown in zone 9a-10, find your zone here. This Mulberry requires 80-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is best. At the northern end of their grow zone Sweet Southern Black plants should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. The patio zone is 4a-9b which means the potted Mulberry will flourish over the summer months in colder zones but must be brought inside before harsh winter temps.
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS
Here at Kens Nursery these Mulberries are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant directly in full sun you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this Mulberry 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 Sweet Southern Black Mulberries for sale will vary in size. In the spring, Mulberry plants are often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Plants designated with a sku ending in -4, or -3 will arrive in a standard 4 inch or 2.75 inch growers pot respectively. Kens new, reusable, recyclable deep cells are 5 to 7 inches deep and 1 to 2.5 inches in diameter. Plants growing in these cells are easy to transplant and allow for deeper, faster growth and are designated with a -5, or -7. (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. You can see the various pot sizes and actual plants ready to ship. (click-here)
Note: Before leaving, Sweet Southern Black Mulberries are inspected, watered, pruned and topped to 36″ if necessary, to facilitate shipping. Your new Mulberries’ pot is then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Then your Mulberry is tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You will be pleased.
You may want to buy Sweet Southern Black online now while they are in stock.