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Planting Mulberry Trees

Successfully establishing a young fruit tree starts with your planting site and method. Once a fruit tree is established, it needs little assistance to grow and bear fruit; but you’ll want to make sure you give your trees the right foundation.

Fruit trees require fertile soil for good growth, so before you plant, check your soil pH. Contact your local County Extension Office for information about soil testing in your area, or purchase one of our digital meters for quick and accurate results. Mulberries prefer a soil pH between 5.5 and 6.5 and will grow on many soil types, as long as there is good drainage. Avoid areas that flood.

NOTE: This is part 3 in a series of 9 articles. For a complete background on how to grow mulberry trees, we recommend starting from the beginning.

Planting Tips

  • To promote vigorous growth and quality fruit production, plant in an area that gets full sun.
  • Space your tree 30-50 feet apart depending on variety.
  • Dig a hole twice as big and deep as the roots.
  • Remove the plant from the pot; gently loosen the root ball and place in the planting hole.
  • The trees should be planted at or slightly above the same level, at which it grew in the pot or nursery row.
  • Fill the planting hole with a mix of soil and organic matter; gently tamp it in.
  • Water thoroughly to settle the roots and eliminate air pockets.
  • Do NOT fertilize at time of planting.
  • No pruning is necessary at planting time.
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