Wednesday, 7 November 2012

My Garden - Mulberry



Mulberry (桑树)
Mulberry tree (Scientifically known as Morus alba) is an easy to grow plant on the home garden. I wouldn't say it is easy to maintain as it will grow wild and become a huge tree if does not get trim every now and then. Mulberry tree itself has lots of its own functions .

The leaves - Widely use to raise silk worm. The young leaves can be dried with oven, then serve as green-tea. The mulberry is very refreshing though. Dried leaves can be collected and turn into pillow (again, not too sure about this, but a friend has tried). Lastly, I would use the old leaves by recycling them into waste and treat as fertilizer, this I had tried before.

The branches - Its the best part to breed the plant. What I meant easy was because with a little solid branch, it could easily grow into a huge Mulberry tree.

The fruits - The red ripe fruit is of course edible.
Red mulberries become dark purples, almost black when ripe and start to fall off of the tree themselves.
Like other berries, it can be used in baking cakes and pies as well as making jams and jellies. I wouldn't think it is widely use here in Malaysia market. But I do see Mulberry enzyme and drink sold in the market.

Tips:
1) Mulberries are generally free from pests, though once a while I may see small white pesticides, but its uncommon. To keep it free from pesticides, regular trimming is advisable.

2) The tree requires trimming once it pruned and harvested. Else, it will stop pruning and end up turning into a huge tree.

3) After trimming, that's when the tree continues to breed and grow with its branches. One can replant the plant just with its branches.

4) The plant needs lots of water and sunlight. Especially when it stays in a pot. If its grow on the ground, it could grow healthily.

Fact Sheets:

http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/mulberry.html
http://baike.baidu.com/view/128795.htm (Chinese)

Here are some nice photos to convince you...these few trees are growing in my garden.




The darker red mulberries,  the sweeter taste.




ripe mulberries...right for picking.

Red mulberries become dark purples, almost black when ripe and start to fall off of the tree themselves

Read more:
Mulberry Tree Facts | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5553191_mulberry-tree.html#ixzz2BMGpR9iK

3 comments:

  1. Rumah saya juga ada tanam, memang manis rasanya, apabila warna kulitnya jadi warna hitam.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this information!

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