Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Mulberry: King James

The first fruitlets are appearing on mulberry King James. I cut it back quite brutally last year, as it was so difficult to harvest fruit on the top branches. I had worried whether growing as a bush would inhibit fruit development. 

I planted a plain Morus nigra in my in-law's garden nearly 20 years ago. It eventually cropped well, but the fruit size and quality is not good (small, pale and pithy), and it took many years before cropping adequately. In contrast, the King James mulberry produced large, good-quality, dark, juicy fruit within a couple of years of planting.

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