[NAFEX] Pakistan Mulberry in zone 6
bassem at gardener.com
Thu Jun 14 06:00:51 EDT 2007
I thought it wasn't possible, but I wanted to try it. Two years ago I
grafted a Pakistan mulberry on a seedling mulberry here in zone 6. It had
survived 2 winters, with little die backs. This year it fruited nicely.
The Pakistan was the earliest ripening mulberry variety I've seen, at
least 2 weeks earlier than the wild mulberries. Here's a photo of the
tree setting fruit.http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b172/Bassgarden/P1010088.jpg
Here's how the fruit compare with other varieties. On the left: Pakistan,
Greece, and a wild mulberry.http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b172/Bassgarden/pakistan-mulberry-compariso.jpg
As you notice the pakistan isn't as dark as I though it would be, but
it's fully ripe. At first I kept the fruit hanging on the tree wanted it
to get darker, but apparently that's the color it got when fully ripe.The
taste is very good, on a scale from 1 to 10 I'll rate it a 7 and rate
Greece 8, Illinois I rate it a 10. The juice doesn't stain the
fingers, the birds think it's a cross between worms and a berry so they
prefer it over wild ones. Bassem Samaanzone 6, Bethlehem, Pa
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