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Pruning Mulberry Trees

Turtulas-Len

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This is how I trim back the mulberry trees to get larger leaves for Walker my adult Sulcata.Picture 008.jpgPicture 009.jpgPicture 010.jpgPicture 011.jpgPicture 012.jpgI have a couple that I don't cut back to get the normal size leaves for the smaller tortoises. It takes a little longer for the leaves to come, but it's worth the wait and don't have to worry about the berry's because new growth doesn't produce any.
 

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Wow.

Do you cut them in winter or spring?
Ubut we didn't have a real w
Wow.

Do you cut them in winter or spring?
January or February before they start sprouting. The ones I didn't cut are getting leaves now and I can see some new limbs starting on the cut ones.
 

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Wow. I haven't pruned mine at all for the last couple of years.
 

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WOW! ! !

We do prune our trees every year. But not at that low...
 

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Wow! My fruitless mulberry trees have taken 5 years just to get too a size that they actually give some shade
I notice without ever having pruned them that each year comes bigger leaves. Last summer the leaves were very large for still a small tree. They are the dwarf kind going to 10 feet. They are approximately 3 1/2 feet or so now with a canopy of approximately 5 feet diameter.
My luck if I pruned they would never come back.
 

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So are those miniature/dwarf trees? And if so, regular fruitless mulberry have invasive roots so can't be near foundations. Do you know if the miniature trees also have invasive roots?
 

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So are those miniature/dwarf trees? And if so, regular fruitless mulberry have invasive roots so can't be near foundations. Do you know if the miniature trees also have invasive roots?
I believe they are one of the dwarf type. Not fruitless but doesn't produce many berries on the old growth limbs. I'm not sure about the roots being invasive on all types of the dwarf trees but the ones growing here are not. More tap root than out runners.
 

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WOW! ! !

We do prune our trees every year. But not at that low...
I remember a while back you posted a pic (if I remember correctly) of one of your mulberry trees, if I could get enough berries to use for baking like you do I wouldn't cut mine back as far as I do. I just have them for the leaves.
 

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I remember a while back you posted a pic (if I remember correctly) of one of your mulberry trees, if I could get enough berries to use for baking like you do I wouldn't cut mine back as far as I do. I just have them for the leaves.
We had some very large mature fruiting mulberries at the zoo where I went to school. Holy cow did those things produce tons and tons of fruit. I use to take my baboon over there and let her fill her check pouches as a reward for being a good girl. We students would eat them by the handful and we fed them to all the fruit eating animal on the zoo.
 
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