Shahtoot, Mulberry, Tuti ( Big Leaves ) - Plant
Description for Shahtoot, Mulberry, Tuti ( Big Leaves )
The mulberry tree has a spreading habit and becomes crooked and gnarled with time, making an architectural feature. It has attractive leaves and tasty fruit that are rarely found in the shops. Tolerant of a range of soils, mulberries can be grown against walls if space is limited.
Large, sweet fruit ,Delicious eaten fresh but can also be sundried and eaten as a sweet. Medium sized, spreading tree with a weeping habit, excellent shade tree. Birds love them too so make sure you cover them if you don't want to share. You can also get multiple crops by pruning immediately after your first crop.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Shahtoot, Mulberry, Tuti ( Big Leaves ),Morus,mulberries, paper mulberry,Morus alba,white mulberry,Morinda citrifola, Indian mulberry,Morinda tree , Aal,Aseti, Dhaula ,Mannanunai, Mannanatti, Mannappavitta, Maddi, Haladipavette, Achu, Pindra,Togar mughalai ,Paphanah .||-||Early autumn||2-15 feet.||Easy.|
Planting and care
Plant mulberries in spring as the soil warms up.
|Full sun.||slightly acidic (pH around 6.0), moist soil that is deep enough to support its potentially extensive root structure.||Keep the soil moist.||Hardy to minus 25 degrees F.||In late winter, apply a general purpose fertiliser such as Growmore or fish, blood and bone at a rate of 70g per sq m (2oz per sq yd). In spring, apply a mulch of organic matter such as well-rotted manure.|
Caring for Shahtoot
- Staking mulberry trees in the early years will prevent windrock, leading to good root development.
Shahtoot is easy to establish and maintain.
No sprays are needed since there are no known pests or diseases which attack the leaves or fruit, other than fruit eating birds.
Shahtoot responds to applied water and nutrients with rapid growth yet survives minimum care conditions equally well.
To obtain maximum branching on young trees it is preferrable to pinch out the terminal growth tips between thumb and forefinger when branches reach 1/2 to 1m length.
Shahtoot can be pruned during winter dormancy with each lateralcut by approximately half.
This also facilitates branching and maintains Shahtoot to a manageable size.
Typical uses of Shahtoot
Culinary use: It produces tasty berries which can be collected and eaten, in addition to the leaves which are used for tea. Mulberries are also made into pies, tarts, jellies, syrups, marmalade, juice and wine. They can be dried and used as a snack, or in puddings or oatmeal cookies and muffins.
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What garden lovers say ... ?
I like the plant, this is the only plant survive 7 days in traffic and after 2 days it becomes healthier again.
Excellent plant. needs quite a bit of care though
"I ve bought quite a few of these and are growing very well.