We brought home some white mulberry scions from the scion exchange yesterday. (Great show!) Now what? The internet talks about grafting onto root stock, but we don't have root stock. Does anyone have experience with this tree? It sounds like it can reach 70 ft in height and is fast growing. We are thinking of growing them in a container.
I have tried to root them without success. I have a 14 foot black mulberry tree that is about 10 years old. They are slow growing, so it is easy to keep them at a certain size. I have heard that you can graft them to figs.
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My Illinois Everbearing mulberry still has decent fruit hanging from it. It produces over a pretty long period. Tree is around 10 years old, gotten from Burnt Ridge, I think.
How do you all harvest your mulberries? They seem to come off easily when they are ripe. I am tempted to put a clean tarp under the tree and shake it - does anyone do that?
I only have black mulberries. I think that they have a much more distinctive flavor than the white mulberries.
With the black mulberries, I look carefully at the berry and try to determine if it is a preferred ripeness for me. I like black or purple black, which is more tart than black. Red purple is too sour, red is pure tart, and white is absurd. That being said, the red purple ones seem less shockingly tart after having biocharred them. The juicy black ones are also more abundant and more delicious. I don't know if this will hold true forever, but it is true this year, one year after having biocharred them. Last year, they weren't very good.
John, for some reason my daughter doesn't like mulberries, even the delicious black ones. I think its the kind of grassy background taste, or maybe the texture. She also doesn't like figs or persimmons. I assume those are because of texture, although with persimmons, maybe the lack of acidity too.
I always think it's fun when you can find a way to say why you like some taste more or less than others. Especially when the other person now understands your point of view and their opinion changes because of it. It's a difficult thing to do.
Black mulberries seem to have the best flavor, by general concensus. Of the black what are your favorite varieties for flavor, productivity, and ease of growing?
One Green World had fairly small black mulberries, the dwarf kind I believe, this summer. Since the price was almost $60, I decided against purchasing one. It's still on my wish list, though, and it's important to buy a variety that is less likely to disappoint.
I bought Noir de Spain from Burnt Ridge about 20 years ago. It's been great for me.
I more recently bought a more dwarfing variety of BLack mulberry from them. It's the only one they are selling now. They often grow slowly during the first few years. It's growing, but not fruiting.