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5ft 'Chelsea' (King James) Mulberry Tree | 12L pot | By Frank P Matthews™

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Chelsea (King James) Mulberry Tree - 12L Pot

There is a fascinating history to this black mulberry.

It is derived from a tree that existed in the 17th century, in a garden in Swan Walk, which became the Chelsea Physic Garden, during the time of King James I. During the 1939/45 war the last remaining tree was about to be grubbed to make way for an air shelter when cuttings were taken and this variety has survived ever since in the trees of this name.

Producing large and succulent fruit cropping early in life. Harvesting is best done each day. If hand picked the fruit will be bruised causing staining to fingers and clothes – children enjoy the experience of course!

For a clean operation take a large sheet and lay it under the tree and shake the boughs vigorously. Any perfectly ripe fruit will fall and are subsequently gathered with ease. An intensely rich flavour. Add sugar, microwave, seive and pour over ice cream!

  • Pot Size: 12L
  • Rootstock: White mulberry
  • Height on arrival: 1.2-1.5m
  • Harvesting Months: August
  • Harvesting Period Period: Mid
  • Eventual Growth Height: 4-5m
  • Eventual Spread: 4-5m
  • Rate of Growth: Slow
  • Pollination Group: SF
  • Habit: Bushy
  • Uses: Jams, Eat Fresh, Baking, Liquor
  • Planting Period: Jan-Dec
  • Self-Fertile: Yes
  • Hardiness: Fully Hardy
  • Prefered Position: Full Sun
  • Prefered soil type: All
  • Moisture Requirements: Well Drained
  • Exposure: Sheltered

Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, this means the roots of the tree are a different plant to the trunk, branches and fruit. Effectively sticking two plants together, one that has good roots and one that has good fruit, ensures that you get what you pay for. Plants raised from seed will vary from the parent plants and there will be a wide variation in the size or shape of a tree and the quality and quantity of fruit it produces. Another result of budding and grafting a variety onto selected rootstocks is the ability to control the size of the tree to a certain degree. However, the size that a fruit tree ultimately grows to is dependent on a number of factors:

  • The fruit variety ( i.e. Apple Braeburn)
  • How it’s pruned
  • Soil type
  • Position
  • Its rootstock

Some varieties of tree are naturally more vigorous than others, so this will affect how much they grow each year. For instance a Bramley Apple seedling will naturally grow bigger than a Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple seedling. The correct pruning will also help to control the size of tree, as well as encouraging it to produce flower buds from which fruit develop.

Where you grow your fruit tree and the soil it is growing in also impacts on its ability to grow and thus eventual size. Most fruit trees need a good amount of sunshine to grow well and for the fruit to ripen with high sugar content. Trees growing in cold, open spots will grow slower than those that are protected and warm. The same is true for the soil, with trees growing in light sandy soils generally growing more slowly and not reaching such a large size as those in rich fertile soils which will be more vigorous and taller growing.

  • Pollination Group: 3 (self pollinating)

Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by flying insects such as honey bees, bumblebees, flies, wasps etc. This tree is self-pollinating; it produces compatible flowers that can pollinate each other. However, even self-fertile varieties tend to crop better when another cultivar is planted nearby for pollination. Although this is not necessary to produce fruit, it will offer improved crops. The two trees will have to be near each other for the pollination process to be successful. The general consensus is that the two trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. To make things a bit easier fruit trees are categorised into different pollination groups. Just remember that the fruit must be of the same species but of a different variety; only an apple tree can pollinate another apple tree. However, if you buy two of these 'Cox's Orange Pippins' they will not offer each other any of the additional benefits of cross pollination.

The pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if one variety is planted near another apple tree of the same group. In the UK, because of our longer spring, you can also choose a partner from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4).

Packaging

We have developed an eco friendly polypot that is currently in use across our 9 litre range. This polypot has less than 20% of the plastic used by a regular pot, and is importantly recyclable. Polypots also prevent root spiraling, encouraging a healthier root system.

All trees arrive in an extra thick cardboard box with a clamp to hold their pot in place. This prevents them from moving around on their journey.

Nursery staff will wrap the roots of our bare root trees and use compost to keep them moist during transportation. This extra protection prevents them from drying out, allowing for a flying start. We also use the same specialised box that our potted trees have to keep them nice and secure as they make their way to your home.
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Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer - we have written a guide on how to best prune a fruit tree to ensure healthy growth and bumper crops.

Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop.

  • Planting Distance: 2.4m - 3.6m with 4.5m between rows

Planting a fruit tree is quick and simple. We’ve produced a handy guide to make sure you get all the basics right.

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Why Choose Frank P Matthews?

Frank P Matthews is the UK’s the finest tree growers situated on fertile lands in the heart of the picturesque Teme Valley, Worcestershire. The team produce over ½ million trees a year with over 600 varieties to choose from. Here are a just few factors that make the quality of their trees unbeatable:

  • High grade out - they have a much higher grade out than most nurseries meaning that only the very best trees make it to our customers
  • Drip irrigation with added nutrients - means the trees get exactly the right amount of water and nutrients to grow strong and healthy whilst avoiding water wastage from unnecessary runoff
  • Formative pruning - the trees are pruned between 3-4 times before they reach the end of production leading to an excellent, well balanced shape that you won’t find elsewhere
  • Experience - family run since 1901, Frank P Matthews has as much experience as any grower
    & often lead the way with research & breeding programmes introducing many famous & award winning varieties
  • UK grown - every tree we sell is UK grown, this reduces any travel time, reduces the risk of disease spread and leaves you with an unbeatable quality of tree
Harvesting Period Early Season Fruit Trees
Harvest Month August, September
Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No
Self Fertile Yes
Species Fruit Trees, Mulberry Trees
Time To Cropping 2 Years
Type Mulberry
Uses Dessert
Annual Rate Of Growth Medium Growing
Rootstock Semi-Dwarfing Rootstock Fruit Trees
Supplied As 12L Pot
Rootstock Own Roots
Supplied As 9L-14L Pot
Type Fruit Trees
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