Pakistan Red Mulberry Tree
The Pakistan/Afghanistan Red Mulberry tree produces uniquely long (3-4 inch) fruit with an incredible flavor. It is very juicy, sweet and delicious when ripe. Trees are vigorous and grow large, providing lots of shade. Harvest mulberries in the Summer. Eat fresh, dried, or use to make jams and jellies.
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General Plant Information
Pakistan Mulberry Tree Information and Care
The Pakistan Mulberry tree, also sometimes referred to as toot afghan or Afghanistan Mulberries. Native to the region of both countries, this tree grows large and produces an abundance of fruit. These types of mulberries are not only different in shape from the Persian Mulberries, but they also taste differently. What sets the Pakistani Mulberries apart is their unique shape as they are long length wise. The fruit is narrow and can grow up to four inches long. The color is a dark shade of red similar to the color of blackberries. However, taste wise they are completely different as these mulberries are incredibly juicy and sweet.
The Pakistan Mulberry tree grows large and vigorously. However, prune to the desired height. Due to their strong root system, mulberry trees should be planted away from buildings or pipes as they can create structural damage. These resilient trees do very well in Southern California climate and produce an abundance of delicious fruit during the early Summer months.
In recent years the popularity of Pakistan Mulberries has risen considerably. In fact, they are now available at some of the Southern California farmers markets or select Persian markets. While the fruit is absolutely delicious eaten fresh, it has also become a popular and sought after pie-filling favorite. In addition, Pakistan Mulberries are also used to create delicious sauces and preserves.
Plant and grow Pakistani Mulberries in the full sun and in well-draining soil. Do not plant near building, walls, or sidewalks. Space about 15 -25 feet wide and tall. Water regularly until established. Discontinue water in the Winter while dormant. Harvest mulberries in the Summer. The fruit is ripe when color is reddish purple and juicy.
How to Fertilize a Mulberry Tree
Fertilize mulberry trees with manure and other organic fertilizers with higher phosphorus and potassium in the late Winter. Fertilizers like bone meal, humus, and flower and bloom fruit tree foods promote Spring blossoms and fruit production. Promote Springtime growth with nitrogen fertilizers such as blood meal.
Tips when Pruning Mulberry Trees
Trim in the Winter while dormant. Top the tips to reduce the height and encourage lower branches to grow. Remove any growth below the lowest main branches and the graft. Cut off dry twigs and growth going crossing towards the center. Do some thinning in the Summertime to direct the plant’s energy. Remove excess fruits to help remaining fruit to develop larger.
Use an organic horticultural dormant spray like Neem oil in the Winter.
Additional InformationHarvest Time : Summer
Sun Exposure : Full Sun
Watering : Regular
Plant Type: Deciduous
Chill Hours: Less 100 hours below 45°F
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-10
Pollination: Self-Fruitful / Self Pollinating
Soil and Planting: Plant in soil that drains well. Dig a hole that is as deep as the tree’s roots and at least twice as wide.
Place the tree in the hole and backfill around the plant’s roots with a mixture of the native soil and high-quality planting mix that has washed sand and organic fertilizer.
Create a basin around the roots drip zone so that water collects. Water deeply until the roots and nearby soil is saturated and reaches field capacity.
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The two factors that determine if a deciduous fruit trees will grow well and produce fruit in a certain area are the Chill Hour Requirement and the Cold Hardiness. “Chill hours” are the amount of cold a deciduous fruit tree need to produce fruit. This is measured in the number of hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit a plant must experience during its winter dormancy. Paradise Nursery only grows Low Chill fruit trees that meet the chill requirements of all areas of the United States.
The second factor is Cold Hardiness. Cold Hardiness refers to the minimum temperature a plant can tolerate. The USDA’s Cold Hardiness Zones indicate the average minimum winter temperatures of areas. Based on the shipping zipcode, our website will only allow you to add plants to your cart that grow within your USDA Hardiness Zone, and tolerate your climate.
Pollination & Propagation
(Grafting/Cutting) Most of Paradise Nursery’s edible plants are self-fruitful. Self-pollinating trees do not require an additional tree to produce fruit. For your convenience, we have indicated which trees require a pollinator, and their associated pollinators. Only the sweet cherries, avocados, and some plums require a pollinator. All of our other propagated edible plants do not require a pollinator. All of our edible plants are either grown from cuttings, budded, or grafted. This way, we can ensure that our plants are high quality and fruit immediately. Plants will generally begin fruiting within a year of planting.