Illinois everbearing mulberry tree in a container?

thisisme(az9b)January 22, 2010

I have read that mulberry trees can grow huge really fast. I don't want the tree to take over my whole yard.

Can an Illinois everbearing mulberry be grown in a 25 gallon container?

Is there a better Mulberry for container growing?

Will a Mulberry produce fruit grown in a container?

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denninmi(8a)

Um, I can answer one and three, because I've "been there, done that"

"Can an Illinois everbearing mulberry be grown in a 25 gallon container?"

Yes, it certainly can be grown long-term in a pot. I know because I used to have 2 mulberry trees in large pots (those storage tubs with the rope handles, actually), that I kept that way for 5 or 6 years until I got sick of heeling them in every winter (which won't be an issue in Zone 9!). I finally planted them in the ground.

"Will a Mulberry produce fruit grown in a container?"

Definitely, mine did. Realizing, of course, that the yield is going to be a function of the size of the tree, and the size of the tree is going to be a function of the size of the container. Larger is better in this instance, IMO.

Now, as far as your question about variety -- if you were here in Michigan, where choices are limited due to winter cold, I'd stick with I.E. But, in your climate, you probably have many more options, so hopefully someone else will help with that.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 4:12PM
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