CARE INSTRUCTIONS

BERRIES

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Mulberry Tree - 'Dwarf Everbearing'

Morus nigra

This fast growing tree is covered with large, heart-shaped leaves. Fruit is similar in size and shape to the boysenberry, dark purple and sweet flavor. Ever-bearing can be kept in pot and pruned to desired size. You won’t find these sweet, tangy berries in the supermarket due to their short shelf life, but they are easy to grow, abundant, and fast growing, which makes them perfect for containers.

 

Cultivation

5-11, Fruiting deciduous shrub shape

Plant in full sun and well draining soil. Compact growth habit, well suited to container growth, 2-6' tall. Prolific bearer in the spring and summer, Self-fertile. Mulberries are suited to USDA zones 5-11. In the ground, mulberries grow into a large bush, but a container grown mulberry tree’s size can be kept smaller (2-6 feet (0.5 to 2 m.) tall) by pruning just after fruiting. Pruning Mulberries also encourages the plant to produce berries again, resulting in several crops throughout the growing season. There isn’t much in the way of special care for mulberries in pots. They are extremely forgiving plants. Full sun exposure will make your mulberry happiest. Interestingly, the tree will do quite well with wet roots, but it can also be drought tolerant once established. They are also frost tolerant, although it is best to mulch around the plants to protect the roots from freezing and thawing. You can prune ever-bearing varieties at any time to retard their growth. Otherwise, cut back leggy plants in the late winter or early spring. Berries are formed on new growth.

Height:
2-6', Smaller in Container
Water:
Water twice weekly in the growing season, more in summer months Spring/Summer fruit. Allow to dry between waterings.
Fertilizer:
16-10-10
Sun:
Full Sun or Part shade
 
 
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Blackberry - 'Big Daddy' thornless 
Rubus fruticosa

This perennial plant is named for its high yield production as much as its incredible tasty berries. Fruiting for 5 weeks starting starting in July through August, this variety can be trellised or pruned in summer. And best of all, no thorns!

Cultivation

Plant in full sun and well draining, loamy and slightly acidic soil (5.8 to 7.0). Upright form and fast growth rate. Self-fertile

5-10, Grown as Annual in Colder Areas
Height:
Up to 6', Vining habit
Water:
Water weekly in the growing season, March to August. Allow to dry between waterings.
Fertilizer:
16-10-10
Sun:
Full Sun
 
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Blackberry - 'Natchez' thornless
Rubus fruticosa

Blackberry

Cultivation

Height:
Water:
9b-11, Grown as Annual in Colder Areas
8-10', Smaller in Container
Water weekly in the growing season, March to August. Allow to dry between waterings.
Fertilizer:
16-10-10
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Sun:
Full Sun
 
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Blackberry - 'Ouachita' thornless 
Rubus ouachita

Blackberry

Cultivation

8-11, Grown as Annual in Colder Areas
Height:
8-10', Smaller in Container
Water:
Water weekly in the growing season, March to August. Allow to dry between waterings.
Fertilizer:
16-10-10
Sun:
Full Sun