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 popular and sought after pie-filling favorite. In addition, Pakistan Mulberries are also used to create delicious sauces and preserves.
Plant and Grow Pakistan Mulberry in the Full Sun and 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. 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 n bloom fruit tree foods promote spring blossoms and fruit production. Promote Springtime growth with Nitrogen fertilizers such as blood meal or feeds like 7-3-3 EB STONE ORGANICS.
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 Summer time 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.