[nafex] Dwarf Geraldi Mulberry

Lee Reich leeareich at gmail.com
Wed Jun 3 10:37:43 EDT 2015


Geraldi Dwarf came through this past winter that was consistently cold and hit minus 20° F. It’s now loaded with fruit which I tasted last year and was very delicious.

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> On Jun 3, 2015, at 9:22 AM, mIEKAL aND <qazingulaza at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> any thoughts on the hardiness of Geraldi?  is it as hardy as Illinois
> Everbearing?
> 
> ~mIEKAL
> 
> 
> 
> On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 10:05 PM, Lester Davis <lhdavis8 at knology.net> wrote:
>> Geraldi mulberry stays dwarf when grafted on other rootstock.  Mine is not over 7 feet tall and diameter about the same and is over 15 years.  It is dwarfed because of the short distance
>> between the nodes.  Since the nodes are so close  and the fruit normal size it appears more heavy loaded than any other mulberry.  I have taken softwood cuttings this spring and trying
>> to root, have had no success with cuttings taken winter pruning.
>> 
>> Lester H. Davis
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>> From: "Steven Covacci" <filtertitle at gmail.com>
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>> Sent: Monday, June 1, 2015 10:33:59 PM
>> Subject: Re: [nafex] Pakistan mulberry
>> 
>> Does Morus alba cv. 'Geraldi Dwarf' stay dwarfed when grafted unto a
>> typical M. alba rootstock.. a few feet above ground?  I like to bury the
>> graft union when dealing with dwarfs to maintain this characteristic; just
>> buried the union on my M. latifolia 'Kokuso-20' and in the past had done so
>> with me M. nigra 'Black Beauty' (doing well so far; NJ Zone 6b/7a.. a few
>> years and just a few fruit this year; not vigorous.. buried the union.)
>> 
>> On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 7:54 PM, Lester Davis <lhdavis8 at knology.net> wrote:
>> 
>>> I live 100miles southwest of Atlanta.  Winter of 2014 low temp was 12
>>> degrees for a short while and then not over 32 all day.  Winter of 2015 had
>>> low of 11 degrees for a short while and not over
>>> 32 all that day.   No die back at all, none, then the Pakistan began to
>>> leaf out in late Feb during a warm-up.   Then we had a few more frosts and
>>> most all leaves fell.   It did put out new growth and
>>> there were a few fruit this year.   I would say this happens 3 out 4
>>> years, but when it does come to  a full fruiting year it is loaded.   The
>>> tree is 15 years old and over 30 feet tall and still growing,
>>> wish I had kept it pruned.   I have a 'Geraldi' dwarf mulberry, same age,
>>> heavy producer over a long period of time.  A black fruit with good taste,
>>> for a small yard it is an ideal.
>>> 
>>> Lester H. Davis
>>> Columbus, GA
>>> 
>>> ----- Original Message -----
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>>> From: "Devin Smith via nafex" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
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>>> Cc: "Devin Smith" <dvidedevo at yahoo.com>
>>> Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2015 9:08:45 PM
>>> Subject: [nafex] Pakistan mulberry
>>> 
>>> I have been thinking about trialing Pakistan mulberry here in Vermont. I
>>> understand that it is a real long shot, but given the fact that much of the
>>> limitation seems to revolve around 'low chill' requirment, it might just
>>> work. Hardiness-wise, I understand Atlanta area saw sub-zero temps. for a
>>> couple of nights this past winter. Did those of you in the south who are
>>> growing Pakistan experience severe dieback this winter? I'm thinking that
>>> our winter weather is consistent enough that the trees would stay dormant,
>>> and then I could 1. grow them on the own roots so they can resprout if need
>>> be and 2. plant in a protected spot with some extra protection as people do
>>> with figs. They sure are delicious, so I think its worth a shot.
>>> 
>>> I also noticed perusing the GRIN database that several other similar
>>> selections are available, listed as Morus macroura or 'himalayan mulberry.'
>>> One in particular DMOR 9  looks similar to 'pakistan', though a bit
>>> scrawnier, and the description seems to suggest zone 5 hardiness, though on
>>> second look I noticed this is merely a snippet from a seed savers exchange
>>> write-up about the species. Anyone know anything about hardy higher-chill
>>> macroura selections that might be a good stand in for
>>> 'pakistan'?
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