Gardening - The Mulberry


Article by: Michael Russell

The mulberry tree , 6 Steps To A Greener, Healthier Lawn belongs to the Morus genus that consists of about 12 species found over Mediterranean and north temperate regions with two being native to North America. The commonly cultivated black mulberry comes from an ancient line which has now been introduced into many countries of the world. It is believed to have been in cultivation for over 5000 years. It has variable leaf forms.

It produces a delicious fruit , Step by Step Pruning for New Gardeners - Part I which is plentiful in summer , Step by Step Pruning for New Gardeners - Part I and that ripens over a period long enough to enjoy the harvest for some weeks as the green , Flower Gardening berries mature to red or black. It is a notoriously difficult fruit , Design Your Own Rose Garden to harvest, as are all the soft berry fruits, , Daylily Just Plum Happy so there is ample scope for an enterprising soul to consider a way of developing an easier and efficient harvest and offering a new commercial crop.

In home , Enjoy Creating and Growing a Sustainable Garden While Feeding Your Family gardens mulberry picking is enjoyed by children who are capable of exploring to seek to enjoy the sweet rewards as well as picking an amount for common consumption. However, they should be tutored to use the green, , Hot Feeding Tips inedible fruit , Small Garden Design - Creating Illusions Of More Space to rub away the persistent stains from the ripe fruit. , Daylily Just Plum Happy

The White , 6 Steps To A Greener, Healthier Lawn Mulberry, Morus alba is known as Sang Ye in China where it originated. It was introduced into Europe about 1434 from the Levant where it was cultivated mainly for the purpose of providing food , Discover the Single Most Important Trick to Overwintering Pond Fish for silkworms. It was introduced and is now naturalised in the U.S. providing an important food , Organic Gardening - The Pros And Cons for wildlife. , Keeping Houseplants Alive During Summer Vacation Droughts In Australian gardens , Managing the Hobby Greenhouse it is welcome as a tasty home , Miniature Roses fruit, sweet and marketable also. The leaves when fed to silkworms produce a light , Tillandsia "Airplants" - Don't Plant These Plants! yellow silk.

The tender young leaves are edible in small quantities when fresh or can be cooked as spinach. The leaves are used medicinally for treatment of fever and externally for ringworm. The root , Cannibals on the Porch skin provides a medicine for bronchitis. The fruits , Dream Yard which vary from pink , Tick Bites to deep red/black are delicious to eat and in China it is regularly recommended to relieve insomnia, flu, high blood pressure, vertigo and other complaints. Fruit , Everything You need to Know to Set up Your Square Foot Garden contains vitamins a B1, B2 and C.

Texas Mulberry or Morus microphylla grows , Spring Flower Gardening as a small tree , Small Garden Design - Creating Illusions Of More Space in the canyons of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona where it was once cultivated by Indians of the area and it is still considered a food , Garden Etiquette - How To Act When In Another's Garden source.

White Mulberry is a native of France Morus multicaulis

Black Mulberry, English Mulberry Morus nigra originated in Iran and known in antiquity when it was apparently much appreciated for its large, sweet juicy fruit. , 7 Tips for Creating Fresh Hydrangea Bouquets This is the species preferred by consumers large succulent fruits , Step by Step Pruning for New Gardeners - Part I are delicious and sweeter, more flavoursome than the white , Can Robotic Lawnmowers Save the World or at Least You Money? mulberry. The unripe fruit , Everything You need to Know to Set up Your Square Foot Garden when crushed, removes the stains from the ripe and often messy fruit. , Storm Damage and Mature Tree Pruning The leaves produce a lovely golden silk thread when fed to silkworms.

Red Mulberry, Morus rubra is a native of Nth America found from Vermont to Sth Dakota and south to Florida. Finely toothed leaves are coated with soft down in autumn. , A Quick Guide To Yard Bridges Red fruits , How to Select a Really Good Water Hose are of inferior quality.

The Black Mulberry Morus nigra is often known as the English Mulberry for the following reason. In England James I tried to introduce a new silk industry into England. He issued a Royal edict recommending the cultivation of silkworms and urging the Shires to buy and distribute 10,000 mulberry plants , Gardening - Growing Herbs In Containers of Morus nigra to all who would sow them, only to be advised that it was the wrong species of mulberry and the enterprise was abandoned. That is the reason that there are many ancient Black Mulberry trees , 6 Steps To A Greener, Healthier Lawn still existing in England and very few old White , Gardening - Growing Herbs In Containers ones. Regrettably, it was later discovered that both species of mulberry were used in the orient for silk.

Shakespeare's mentions a mulberry - a Black Mulberry - and that it was not suitable for rearing silkworms, so reflecting the general disappointment of the times.

There is one surviving Mulberry tree , Winterizing Your Roses in the private grounds of Buckingham Palace to this day. It still is bearing but in no way remarkable in size or spread.

Mulberry leaf is an old cottage remedy for ringworm. A very important purpose of the fruit , Miniature Roses is as a food , A Quick Guide To Yard Bridges supplement in the diet of heart patients, with some remarkable beneficial results.

For those who wish to introduce the Australian home , Gardening Tips and Tricks for Late Autumn hobby for children by keeping a few silkworms it can offer a fascinating and interesting experience for both infants and parents. Unfortunately there is little ultimate pleasure to be had from the silk produced, but it is certainly an exercise in nature , Fountains: A Garden's Best Friend studies!

It would be best to be sure of adequate supply of leaves by having planted your own trees , 6 Steps To A Greener, Healthier Lawn in the yard, , Spring Flower Gardening or at least enquire about a reliable and close alternative source. The leaves are best when fresh but keep for a little time in the fridge. It may be interesting for those unfamiliar with silkworm culture to know that if mulberry leaves for any reason are not available, a temporary diet of beetroot leaves will produce pink , 6 Steps To A Greener, Healthier Lawn tinted silk and lettuce leaves will tend to give lemon coloured thread.
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