bassem at gardener.com
Sat May 30 10:02:09 EDT 2009
Illinois everbearing bears over a long period, but it doesn't seem to
have one large crop all at once, which is good if you only eat a few at a
time, bad if you need to pick them all at once. The flavor is good sweet
tart balance, fruit is longe, and not as fat as some varieties.I recently
grafted a collier which is suppose to be similar but bears a thicker size
fruit. It also bears a larger crop. It was recommended by John Gordon of
NY.I also grow Pakistan here in Pa. It's not as hardy as the others, but
I have it grafted 4' high on a wild rootstock. In some years it dies back
but it still manage to grow and bears a decent crop. It is very
interesting fruit. Its very long, not as juicy as the others. You can
see the photos of it on my website.I have also collected a mulberry from
the wild. It was growing against a building near a park. It was my dad's
favorite, due to it's size and it's flavor. I actually prefered it over
the Illinois every bearing for it's flavor. The size is above average for
wild mulberries. one week after I took cuttings it was chopped off by the
building owners. Now it's about 4' tall and has a few mulberries on it.Another
great mulberry I have called Greece. It's a white mulberry that is of a
good size, and excellent sweet productive tree.
Bass SamaanBethlehem, pa zone 6
----- Original Message -----
From: "William C. Garthright" <billg at inebraska.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] mulberries
Date: Sat, 30 May 2009 08:27:20 -0500
> They are impossible for me to keep in a small space but you can
> them in-bounds by pruning them to a weep and summer pruning them
> a season- removing all vigorous upright growth. They make beautiful
> trees managed this way and you keep a lot of fruit in ladderless
I've been trying to do that with the Illinois Everbearing Mulberry I
still have (half) alive.
But I have another problem with this variety. Since it doesn't bear
fruit all at once, but just a little bit all summer, the birds clean
them out before they ever get completely ripe. I didn't think of that
when I planted this tree. With a normal mulberry - or, at least, the
wild ones around here - the berries all come ripe at once, so there
always plenty to eat, even after the birds take their share.
Yeah, I could net the tree, like I have to do with my grapevines, but
that's a pain, especially if I had to leave the net up all summer.
the tree grows so vigorously that I'd have to cut the net off at the
of the season. (Not to mention that it's hard to pick berries when
tree is netted.) Yeah, the Illinois Everbearing Mulberry was a
mistake here, for several reasons.
Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never
succeed in making those idiots understand their language. - Mark
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