New Potted Mulberry Breaking Dormancy

shazaam(NC 7B)December 27, 2012

I bought a small Shangri La mulberry from Edible Landscaping last month. It's still in the quart pot in which it arrived -- I'd planned to move it to a larger pot in early spring. In the meantime, I've been keeping it outside except on nights when temps dip below 30 or so. Apparently, though, I've inadvertently woken it up, because the leaf buds are breaking open and greening up. Is there any chance that I can slow or stop the process by moving it under my house, where it's very dark and the temp stays in the 40s and 50s?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

40s and 50s will slow but not stop growth. To stop growth you'd need low 30s. After it leafs out it will be pretty freeze sensitive.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 11:15PM
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You could just bring it into the house near a south facing window for them winter. Its not going to fruit for several years so the period of dormantcy isn't important yet anyways.

One a side note, I've found that to be a tough tree to grow in NC. The deer go for its leaves before anything else. Mine are down to their roots and if I can get them started again, I plan to leave them in pots on the screened porch until I can train them to a single stem about 5ft tall. Once they clear the deer's reach I'll put them back in ground.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 11:15AM
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