Wisteria Lesley’s Mulberry Trees

When reading posts on mulberries, one name keep popping up.

Grow Mulberries in Singapore

Nov 02 2015 – Wisteria Lesley’s mulberry trees

She is generous with advice on subjects as wide ranging as proper names for plants (mind you, in both Chinese characters and English names!!! ) to plant care and insects control.

This wonder lady with her bottomless pit of knowledge, is Ms. Wisteria Lesley.

I saw her posts in Green Culture Singapore and Urban Farmers (Singapore) quite by accident.  Pictures of her lush plentiful mulberries caught my attention. I don’t think I ever taste one before or seen these sold in supermarkets!

How to grow mulberries in Singapore

Mulberries that made you drool ! 🙂

 

How to grow mulberries

Ripe mulberries are dark colored

Mulberry plant leaves are edible too

Ms. Lesley used  mulberry leaves to brew tea!

I remembered her previous posts as well.

Of her trimming down her mulberry trees to bald stumps after each harvest.

Her generous offers of cuttings at a reasonable price and of course, an immediate response from gardeners here until the cuttings were all gone.

New shoots would grew on the stumps and after only a few weeks, Wisteria Lesley shared pictures of flowers.

Grow mulberries in Singapore

Ms. Lesley ‘s mulberry cuttings after a pruning

Grow a mulberry tree in Singapore

Nov 25 2015 – -Flowers appeared on new shoots after pruning

Rooting mulberry stems

June 10 2015 – Flowers on mulberry cutting as it root in water

Mulberry flowers after hard pruning

Photo – Wisteria Lesley’s mulberry tree had flowered, 3 weeks after pruning

 

How to grow mulberry plants from stem cuttings

Nov 25 2015 – Mulberry flowers turned into fruits

I decided to ask her how she began her mulberry’s journey and if I could share her story here.

Ms. Lesley has three mulberry trees and they began their journey in 2008.

For bald stem cuttings like this picture, it is best to root them in fresh water until leaves and “good roots mass” appeared.

How to grow mulberry in Singapore

May 31 2015 – Cuttings from mulberry trees rooting in tap water

Mulberry stems rooting in water

June 23 2015 – Day 23, mulberry cutting rooted in water !

These can be planted in minimum 15 cm diameter pot until they are more established.

How to grow mulberry trees from cutting

2008 – Ms. Lesley’s mulberry trees started with these cuttings.

Mulberries can be planted in pots or grounded.

Her trees are planted in the ground.

When their roots became root bound, they coiled around soil instead of the pot.

This plant would pop up of the pot when pressed gently on the soil. A sure sign that it is ready to move to bigger pot or be grounded ! 🙂

According to Ms. Lesley, mulberry tree has massive roots system and once grounded, these thick roots grow very close to the surface.

Be prepared to see them on grass patches around the tree.

Information from http://www.gardenguides.com/ :

  • Full Sun
  • Ground depth should be minimum the same height as the sapling and twice the size of its root ball
  • At maturity, this is a medium size tree, 20 -30 feet
  • Water well after transplant
  • Slightly acidic soil, PH 6.0
  • Adaptable in zones 5 – 9

 

 

 

 

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