Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Mon Aug 22 18:03:43 EDT 2005
I had been thinking of a weeping fruiting mulberry for size, and because my
3-year-old would like it; but I do read that aggressive summer pruning is
as, or more, important as rootstock in keeping trees small. Good to hear
someone has had specific success with Mulberry.
I have seen dwarf (non-mulberry) trees pruned to nice shapes yet much, much
smaller than I've kept similar trees on the same rootstocks. I think I do
need to consider aggressively pruning standard (or less-limiting-rootstock)
trees when a such is the only thing available, or if the larger tree is
clearly a better choice for flavor, yield, and disease resistance.
As far as combining mulberries with other fruits in recipes - yes, works
well. Juneberries sounds interesting! I've combined mulberries and
Juneberries with other fruits, but never the two together.
Try mixing berries in any recipe calling for berries: Black-, Logan-, rasp-,
goose-, currants, mul-, straw-, josta-, olallie-, blue-... I generally
never make the same thing twice, but I'm forced to sometimes due to requests
for four-berry pie. I keep my non-repetition record intact on the
technicality of different proportions of different berries each time. Good
flavory things always happen in the mix.
Stephen Sadler, Ph.D.
USDA 9, AHS heat zone 8,
Sacramento CA - Mediterranean climate
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Richard Moyer
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2005 2:19 PM
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Subject: [NAFEX] Mulberries
Martha and Ed,
Our sole bearing mulberry...Barbara Bullard combines mulberries and
juneberries while baking.
A.J. has successfully kept some trees pruned severely to allow most
picking to be done without a ladder.
As for fresh fruit quality, ours have been outstanding over the last
few years; we favor them for fresh eating even when multiple cultivars
of cherries, strawberries and raspberries are ripe at the same time.
Flavor on our mulberries seem to have improved over the last 3 years,
when running chickens under the tree. This fruit calls my wife out of
the house daily to pick her own, and she's a harsh critic of fruit
quality (which I need). We do notice that during the tail end of the
IE season, fruit quality dissipates.
I've traded seedlings, after topworking them without much trouble.
Anyone know how true to type mulberry seedlings are?
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