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Should I plant my Shahtoot Mulberry now, frosts are on the way?

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Julian starts with ...
Hello all. I had my Shahtoot Mulberry delivered a couple of weeks ago thinking June was the best time to plant fruit trees in Canberra. Time has slipped away and it's still in its pot waiting patiently. Light frosts are forecast for later this week and will probably continue on before getting a bit heavier (June has been mild so far). Should I plant my tree now or wait until August/September when the frosts have finished?
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Julian
Canberra, ACT
30th June 2008 7:37pm
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John says...
I think I would wait til spring.
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John20
Perth
1st July 2008 10:50am
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Phil says...
Hi Julian
My shatoot is very frost hardy, will take anything Australia has to offer climate wise. They're one of the last trees to lose their leaves, often not until winter but very cold tolerant, mine get covered in ice in winter with no ill effect.
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TyalgumPhil
Woodend, Vic
1st July 2008 10:53am
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Julian says...
Thanks John and Phil. So John says wait, Phil says go ahead. I guess if the mulberry was a bare-rooted fruit tree I wouldn't be too worried but I read that it's a semi-deciduous tree. As such it still has leaves and I guess I'm a bit worried that it would get too stressed. If I wait until spring would I be less likely to get mulberries this year?
Thanks again!
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Phil says...
You should leave it out in the open so it loses all its leaves and goes dormant. I'm in a high altitude area of Victoria and one of my two trees still has some leaves. They're ok to plant as soon as they're completely bare. I didn't get fruit until about the third year after I planted mine but they're about 15ft tall now.
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Julian says...
Thanks Phil, I've got it out in the open anyway so will take your advice.
Cheers!
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Julian
Canberra, ACT
2nd July 2008 7:25am
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Kel says...
does white mulberry "shahtoot" grows well in the hot,wet,humid tropics like Singapore?
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Singapore
11th May 2009 1:39am
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Asha says...
Hi everybody,

I got my dwarf black mulberry delivered in early Feb, and planted it into a pot. I tip pruned it immediately as I wanted it to have more branches. But since then it has sat in the pot and nothing has happened. The leaves are getting yellow and starting to fall now.
Is there something I should do between now and spring, or just wait until spring?

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Asha
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23rd May 2009 9:28am
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