Harvesting

The fruit ripens from late August over a period of about three weeks. Pick fruit for cooking when it is slightly unripe. Fruit for eating is almost black.

Pests and diseases

The mulberry is generally free of pests and diseases but protect the ripening fruit against birds (see page 17).

1 In summer, train in the main branches 15-18 in apart. Tie down the leaders at the end of summer. Cut out breastwood and any branches growing into the wall.

2 In April, once the leaders have reached the required length, stop them by cutting back to one bud on the previous year's growth. In late July, prune the side-shoots to four or five leaves.

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