Sunday 24 August 2014

Planting a Mulberry Tree in the orchard

A few months ago we ordered a King James Mulberry tree for the Turnditch Orchard Project. It arrived a couple of days ago, so we planted it today. It was pot grown so it is currently in leaf and can be planted any time of the year. It is also known as a Chelsea Mulberry. The tree comes from a single survivor of a plantation originally created in the UK by King James I around 1608.  It will be a few years before the tree fruits. The delicious juicy berries are very fragile and do not travel well. I predict a few of the locals will have purple stained fingers and clothes in August in future years.

A mulberry in the orchard.
Mulberry in Turnditch Orchard
The fruit looks like this:

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