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Mulberry Wacissa

WACISSA MULBERRY TREE

$35.99

Planting and Care Facts (pdf)Zone: 7-9Mulberry Size Info

Size: 5x5x12 or 3 Gal., 3-4 Ft.

38 in stock

Product Description

Wacissa Mulberry – A local Find!

A Just Fruits find! Wacissa mulberry was found in the sleepy little town of Wacissa Florida. The original tree must be close to 70 years old and continues to bear heavy crops of 1 1/2 inch deep purple fruit. Rich sweet blackberry flavor, very soft and juicy. Fruit ripens in May. Zones 7-9.

Note: We’re so sorry… but due to agricultural restrictions we cannot ship any plants to international countries, or the states of California, Hawaii and Alaska. Also, no citrus trees can be shipped outside of the state of Florida.

Additional Information

Pot Size

3 Gal

Plant Height

3-5 Ft.

Planting Zone

7-9

Pollinator

Self-fertile

Ripening Season

May

Choosing the Right Mulberry Variety…

Mulberry WacissaAt one time mulberry was one of the treasured fruit trees on Southern homesteads. Planted around outbuildings and livestock pens, they were valued as beautiful, fruitful shade trees. Mulberry need little care and reliably produce buckets of fruit. Their blackberry-like fruit are seedless and make delicious jams, jellies pies and wine. 

POLLINATION

Mulberry trees are self fertile. They make a great choice for the lone shade tree in the back yard.

 

 

 

Landscaping with Mulberry Trees…..

Mulberry WeepingMulberry comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are large shade trees, growing rapidly and covered with broad heart-shaped leaves. Others are smaller and have contorted trunks and weeping branches making interesting specimen trees. Mulberries make excellent hedges when planted closely together and pruned frequently. Pick the variety for the spot and enjoy the bounty. 

Mulberry Contorted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEARN WHERE AND HOW TO PLANT YOUR MULBERRY TREES (Open Me)

SITE SELECTION AND CORRECT SPACING FOR FIG TREES

Well-drained, deep soils are preferred, but mulberry will grow on many soil types if good drainage is provided. Trees do not tolerate flooding. Trees will grow more vigorously and produce more fruit in full sun. 

GETTING THE SOIL RIGHT AND PLANTING FIG TREES

Planting a TreeMulberry prefers slightly acid soil (pH 5.5-6.5), but soils of up to moderate alkalinity are readily tolerated. If you are in doubt about the acidity of your soil, take a soil sample to the Cooperative Extension Agent in your county for a soil test. Dig a planting hole approximately three times the width of the pot and at the same depth as the root ball. Set that soil aside and mix it 50/50 with either aged mushroom compost, aged manure, or rotted pine bark & aged manure/compost. Remove the plant from the pot, gently loosen the root ball and place in the planting hole. To avoid burying too deep, make sure plant is positioned with the top most roots at the soil line. Fill the planting hole with the mix of soil and organic matter; gently tamp it in. Water thoroughly to settle the roots and eliminate air pockets. Do NOT put fertilizer in the planting hole. Only apply fertilizer if it is the correct time of year (see Fertilization section below).

If desired, construct a water basin around the base of the tree approximately 36 inches in diameter. Mulch in spring and summer with approximately 4-6 inches of mulch. Pull mulch a couple of inches away from the trunk for good air circulation.

LEARN HOW TO FERTILIZE AND WATER YOUR MULBERRY TREES (Open Me)

FERTILIZING MULBERRY TREES

The type of fertilizer you choose may be chemical or organic. Make sure that the fertilizer contains iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, copper and boron. These minor elements are very important to plants and most soils are low in these elements. Application rates vary according to age of plant.

See chart below.

FERTILIZING MULBERRY TREES
10-10-10 or 10-0-10 with minerals

1 cup per each year of trees life

-Max out at 9 cups on Mature Trees

Espoma Citrus Tone

(Organic)

 

6 cups for 1 year old

10 cups for 2 year old (4-6ft)

18 cups for 7-9ft tree

24 cups for tree over 9ft

Spread the fertilizer evenly under the entire canopy of the plant avoiding a 5-inch area around the trunk. Water or rake in. For Zones 9-10, fertilize 3 times each year in late February, late May and late July/early August. For plants further north (Zones 7-8b), fertilize in March or after bud break. Never fertilize after August (June in Zones 7-8b) as this will promote new growth late in the year which will be subject to freeze damage.

WATERING MULBERRY TREES

The first year is a critical time for the establishment of a new mulberry. Water thoroughly twice a week on light soils and once a week on clay soils. Soak the entire root system deeply – this usually takes 40-50 minutes. Mulberry trees should receive at least 1 inch of water each week for best growth and fruit production. Water regularly, especially during dry periods. Fruit may drop prematurely if insufficiently irrigated during dry spells

LEARN HOW TO PRUNE YOUR MULBERRY (Open Me)

PRUNING MULBERRY TREES

Mulberries have few pests and diseases. White peach scale attacks the twigs and trunks of trees and may kill them. Dormant oil sprays in the winter are an effective and organic control. Trees fruit on the last flush of the previous year’s growth. Prune in winter to remove dead, diseased or crossing branches. Trees can also be pruned in the summer to control the height of the trees and create thicker hedges by heading back long branches half way. Stop summertime pruning in mid summer to allow the tree to set next year’s fruit buds.

LEARN HOW TO HARVEST YOUR MULBERRY TREE (Open Me)

HARVESTING FRUIT ON MULBERRY TREES

Fruit should be allowed to thoroughly ripen on the tree for best quality and flavor. Harvest by shaking the branches over a clean sheet in May.

Mulberry Jam
Combine 9 cups crushed mulberries with 6 cups sugar. Bring slowly to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly to, or close to, the jellying point (depending upon whether you want soft or firm jam). As mixture thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking. Pour into jars and either store in the refrigerator or process following manufacturer’s instructions. Yield: 3-4 pints.

LEARN HOW TO CONTROL INSECTS AND DISEASE ON YOUR MULBERRY TREES (Open Me)

Mulberry are usually free of insect and diseases. Occasionally you may be bothered by fall web worms, use Thuricide or a product containing Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki to cure the problem. In some location Scales can be a problem, if so use a winter dormant oil on the trees.

 

Always remember that good disease resistance begins with the health of the plant. Plants stressed from lack of water, not enough sun or being under fed are more susceptible to disease and insects.  Maintaining good sanitation practices in the orchard is most important. The removal of diseased and dead wood, and picking up fallen or rotting fruit off the trees as it occurs, will go a long way in keeping disease and insects at a minimum. Spray at first sign of an issue, rather than waiting until the problem is out of hand will go a long way to keeping your plants healthy and fruiting properly.