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OK to let newly grafted mulberry set fruit?

Posted by alexander3 6 Pennsylvania (My Page) on
Fri, May 30, 14 at 13:13

I grafted a mulberry a few weeks ago with 'Illinois Everbearing' scion. I'm seeing flowers forming on the growing scion, and was wondering if it would be OK to let it produce some fruit. I wouldn't let an apple or pawpaw do that for fear of the graft breaking or slowing down the new growth, but mulberry fruit aren't very heavy, and I'm hard pressed to think of a more vigorous tree!

What do you think?

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RE: OK to let newly grafted mulberry set fruit?

A year ago a m/b graft here did the same thing, and I let it grow so as to get a quick sample of what kind of fruit the scion would produce. It was really a poor tasting but big-enough berry. I hoped that a year of additional growing would p o s s I b l y p o s s I b l y give the scion a chance to "be all that it could be". Well, the added year of growth resulted in more of the same exact berries. You lose some, you lose some.

RE: OK to let newly grafted mulberry set fruit?

It's very demanding on many fruits to bear on new scions too soon, and can set the growth of the scion back badly- but I can't speak to mulberries specifically. On my apple and pear trees I automatically pinch these off.

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