Planting: Avoid sites where water stands for a day or more after a rain. Plant in sites with 6 hours or more of sunshine per day for optimum fruit production. If planting in clay soils, make a mound about 6 inches high and 4 feet in diameter, and plant the tree in the mound. In sand, planting so the plant is in a slight depression is best. Wildlife generally feed on young Trader mulberry trees similar to other fruit trees, but it is less favored after a couple years than other fruit trees. Water immediately after planting. Soil amendments, especially fertilizer, can be harmful to the trees when young, resulting in excessive growth and later hardening-off.
Care: Grow the plant 'hard' for the first 2 or 3 years. No fertilizer and no pruning to avoid excessive growth and to promote earlier fruiting. After about the third year, when leader growth has slowed, start pruning from the bottom, removing branches up to about 20% of the height each year until the lowest branches are the height you want. Staking or other support is often needed the first few years. Mulberry trees leaf out late in the spring, so be patient waiting to see how it came through the winter. The tree can be grown with multiple stems or with a single stem. If you plan to let the tree get more than about 20 feet tall, it would be best to manage for a single trunk. The original tree is a little more than 35 feet tall and 30 feet wide in moderate growing conditions. If a smaller size is desired, it could be pruned to just about any form you might want, but smaller sizes will necessitate more frequent and extensive pruning. Fruit will get bigger as tree ages and on more vigorous trees.
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