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Central Texas ( 8a). (Zone 8a)
noob_planter
May 22, 2020 10:14 AM CST
Hi all - I live in Central Texas. Two years ago (April 2018), I ordered a Pakistan Mulberry tree online. Based on all the online data, this seemed like an easy to manage tree for a newbie.

The tree was shipped bare root from a nursery in GA. It seemed in reasonably good shape. I planted it following the instructions. It's in a south-west part of my back yard so gets plenty of sun.

It's been two years. The tree has not flowered or grown any fruit. It seems to prop up with leaves in spring and the leaves fall late fall. Overall, it has probably gained a foot in height since it was planted. It's about 5 feet high now. I have attached some recent pictures.

The online data suggests that the tree would be bearing fruit within one season but nothing has come up so far.

Did I plant it wrong? Perhaps planted too deep? How can I tell?

Should I try re-planting in a different spot. Should I leave it alone?


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porkpal
May 22, 2020 11:21 AM CST
It looks fine to me. Just give it some time.
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oneeyeluke
May 23, 2020 1:56 AM CST
Its planted too deep in the ground and I bet it was planted too deep in the nursery pot when you bought it too. Mulberry's have big root flairs and if you cover them with soil the plant can't transpire the gases from below the ground. They will eventually slow in growth and even stop growing in some cases.
You can fix the tree by removing the top inch or two of soil to allow the roots to breathe. Also keep the soil very loose on top after every rain or watering. Here is a photo of a small plant too deep with the soil removed and a photo of a proper planting.
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Central Texas ( 8a). (Zone 8a)
noob_planter
May 23, 2020 1:24 PM CST
@Oneeyeluke Thank you very much for your pointer. I dug around the tree and I saw roots coming out of the trunk around 3 inches below the surface. I assume that's the root flare?

Please see the pictures below. Do I need to widen the hole around the tree. Should I fill it with leaves or something or leave it as is?
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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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oneeyeluke
May 25, 2020 2:10 AM CST
Good job noob, since you want to give your roots access to plenty of oxygen just use a inch or two of cedar or hardwood mulch to help with moisture. NO need to widen the hole the flair is all that matters at this point.
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Central Texas ( 8a). (Zone 8a)
noob_planter
May 25, 2020 2:13 PM CST
Thank you very much for the guidance. I am very excited to see hot the plant grows now. Hurray!

I have a couple of other young trees (one pomegranate and one pear) that seemed to be buried deep as well. I'll start working on those now.

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