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Tips on Growing Mulberries
Growing mulberries in the tropics is easy as pie. Instead of a tree, they will grow into a healthy fruiting bush.
There are three well-known species, white, red, and black mulberry. However, we find the black mulberry grows well in our tropical climate.
Therefore we recommend the dwarf variety. However, left to its own it will grow to 3 metres tall and wide. As a result, we prune ours annually.
Mulberry does not grow ‘true to type’ so when you grow from seed your plant will not be the same as its parent. However, if you have a mulberry tree you like, we recommend ‘grafting’ to create a new mulberry tree.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
How to grow a mulberry tree from a cutting.
- Harvest Cutting.
Cut 3 or 4 healthy stems measuring approximately half a metre (500cm) in length. Use a sharp pruners to avoid tearing the plant. Cut just above a leaf node (where a leaf or bud emerges from the stem).
- Prepare Cuttings
Remove any buds and leaves from the bottom half of the cutting. Dip the bottom 1 inch of the cut stems in rooting hormone.
- Plant Cutting
Make holes with a stick or other tool. Plant the cuttings into the holes. You should burry bout 1/4 of the cuttings. Pat the soil firmly around the stems to ensure they stand upright
- Keep soil moist
If you planted in potting mix, check it daily. If it feels dry to the touch, mist with a light spray.
Growing Mulberries – Fruit
A number of studies have indicated that eating more plant foods such as mulberries reduces the risk of obesity and obesity related diseases.
Mulberries are a good source of fibre. Indeed, this is important as more fibre in the diet has been shown to help with weight loss, digestion and bowel function.
This fruit is full of nutrients that will boost your immune system. Indeed these nutrients include vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Mulberries are high in antioxidants that improve the functioning of the blood vessels by dilating them. Consequently, this leads to improved blood circulation.
Mulberries contain prebiotic fibre which helps beneficial microbes to populate the gut and bowel.
So, in light of these health benefits, now you know how to grow mulberries at home, why not get planting?
Other Tropical Fruits
- Black Sapote
- Custard Apple
- Dragon Fruit
- Guava Tree
- Mamey Sapote
- Natal Plum
- Passion Fruit
- Paw paw
- Star Apple Tree