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Black mulberry
Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

The Black Mulberry is a medium-sized deciduous tree that produces tasty blackberry-like fruits in summer. Always choose a superior, cutting-grown named variety for best fruit production. Fruit can stain surfaces where it drops, so plant this tree well away from paved surfaces.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Buy

        Buy bare-root trees this month, when available.

    • Plant

        Plant bare-root trees this month.

  • February
    • Buy

        Buy bare-root trees this month, when available.

    • Plant

        Plant bare-root trees this month.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

    • Prune

        Prune trees to shape, but keep pruning to a minimum.

    • Propagate

        Propagate from cuttings.

  • March
    • Buy

        Buy bare-root or container-grown trees this month, as available.

    • Plant

        Plant bare-root or container-grown tres this month.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

    • Prune

        Prune trees to shape, but keep pruning to a minimum.

    • Propagate

        Propagate from cuttings.

  • April
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees this month.

    • Plant

        Plant container-grown trees this month.

    • Fertilize

        Feed with a balanced fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use.

    • Propagate

        Propagate from cuttings.

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees this month.

    • Plant

        Plant container-grown trees this month.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

  • June
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees this month.

    • Plant

        Plant container-grown trees this month.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

    • Harvest

        Pick fruit when fully ripe and sweet.

  • July
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees this month.

    • Plant

        Plant container-grown trees this month.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

    • Harvest

        Pick fruit when fully ripe and sweet.

  • August
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees this month.

    • Plant

        Plant container-grown trees this month.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

    • Harvest

        vPick fruit when fully ripe and sweet.

  • September
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees this month.

    • Plant

        Plant container-grown trees this month.

    • Fertilize

        Feed with a balanced fertilizer.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use.

    • Propagate

        Propagate from cuttings.

  • October
    • Buy

        Buy container-grown trees this month.

    • Plant

        Plant container-grown trees this month.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

    • Propagate

        Propagate from cuttings.

  • November
    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

  • December
    • Winter
      • Spring
        • Summer
          • Fall
            • Buy

              When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

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              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Buy bare-root trees this month, when available.

              • February

                Buy bare-root trees this month, when available.

              • March

                Buy bare-root or container-grown trees this month, as available.

              • April

                Buy container-grown trees this month.

              • May

                Buy container-grown trees this month.

              • June

                Buy container-grown trees this month.

              • July

                Buy container-grown trees this month.

              • August

                Buy container-grown trees this month.

              • September

                Buy container-grown trees this month.

              • October

                Buy container-grown trees this month.

            • Plant

              When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

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              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Plant bare-root trees this month.

              • February

                Plant bare-root trees this month.

              • March

                Plant bare-root or container-grown tres this month.

              • April

                Plant container-grown trees this month.

              • May

                Plant container-grown trees this month.

              • June

                Plant container-grown trees this month.

              • July

                Plant container-grown trees this month.

              • August

                Plant container-grown trees this month.

              • September

                Plant container-grown trees this month.

              • October

                Plant container-grown trees this month.

            • Sow Seeds

              When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

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              •  Aug
              •  Sep
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              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Fertilize

                When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

                •  Jan
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                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • April

                  Feed with a balanced fertilizer.

                • September

                  Feed with a balanced fertilizer.

              • Water

                Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • February

                  Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

                • March

                  Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

                • April

                  Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

                • May

                  Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

                • June

                  Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

                • July

                  Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

                • August

                  Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

                • September

                  Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

                • October

                  Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

                • November

                  Water regularly but deeply during dry periods.

              • Prune

                When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
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                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • February

                  Prune trees to shape, but keep pruning to a minimum.

                • March

                  Prune trees to shape, but keep pruning to a minimum.

              • Mulch

                Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

                •  Jan
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                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • April

                  Mulch to conserve water use.

                • September

                  Mulch to conserve water use.

              • Protect

                When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

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                •  Dec
                • Pest/Disease Inspection

                  What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

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                  •  Dec
                  • Treat for Pest/Disease

                    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

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                    •  Dec
                    • Transplant

                      When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

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                      •  Aug
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                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • Propagate

                        When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
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                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • February

                          Propagate from cuttings.

                        • March

                          Propagate from cuttings.

                        • April

                          Propagate from cuttings.

                        • September

                          Propagate from cuttings.

                        • October

                          Propagate from cuttings.

                      • Harvest

                        When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

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                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • June

                          Pick fruit when fully ripe and sweet.

                        • July

                          Pick fruit when fully ripe and sweet.

                        • August

                          vPick fruit when fully ripe and sweet.

                      • Special requirements

                        Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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