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How to Grow a Mulberry Tree: A Step-by-Step Guide

by Gregory
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How to Grow a Mulberry Tree


Mulberry trees are beautiful and easy to grow, producing delicious fruit that’s perfect for eating fresh or using in recipes. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you grow your own mulberry tree.

Choosing a Location

Mulberry trees prefer warm, sunny spots with well-drained soil. Avoid planting in low-lying areas or enclosed spots where air circulation is poor, as this can lead to mildew.


  • Plant your mulberry tree in spring.
  • Dig a hole wide enough for the roots to spread out.
  • Place the tree in the hole and backfill with soil, firming it in well.
  • Water the tree thoroughly and mulch the soil surface to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  • Support the tree with a stake angled at 45 degrees.


  • Water your mulberry tree regularly, especially during dry spells.
  • Keep the area around the base of the tree clear of grass and weeds.
  • Prune your mulberry tree as little as possible, only removing dead, damaged, or crossing branches in early winter.


  • Mulberry fruit is ripe when it turns dark red to almost black.
  • Harvest by picking berries by hand or shaking the tree to encourage the fruit to fall onto a sheet spread underneath.
  • Wear old clothes when harvesting, as the juice of mulberry fruit can stain.


  • Charlotte Russe: A compact variety that can be grown in pots.
  • Wellington: A spreading, medium-sized tree suitable for larger gardens.


  • Mildew: This white coating on the leaves is more likely to occur in areas with poor air circulation. Improve air flow by pruning or thinning out the tree.


Growing a mulberry tree is a rewarding experience. With a little care, you can enjoy fresh, delicious mulberries for years to come.

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