The Shahtoot is famously known as the Mulberry plant. It hails from the Moraceae family.
The Mulberry plant is widely cultivated in the temperate regions of the world.
The plant has an architectural feature. They become crooked and gnarled with time.
The plant is widely cultivated for its attractive foliages and tasty fruits which are rarely found in shops.
The Mulberry tree plant is fairly easy to grow and to maintain.
It has a spreading habit and can even grow against the wall if space is limited.
It is advisable to stake the Mulberry plants during the early years as they prevent wind rock and lead to good developments of roots.
The plantation of Shahtoot should be done during spring as the soil warms up.
The Shahtoot can grow up to a maximum height of 20 to 30 feet.
The mulberry plant should be exposed to full sun for perfect growth.
The plant is considered ideal to be placed in a sunny location.
The plant should not be allowed to stand in water as it leads to root rot.
The Shahtoot should be supplied with ample amount of water when large and delicious fruits are desired.
The soil should always remain moist.
General purpose fertilizer should be applied at a rate of 70 grams per square metre.
The perfect time for the application of fertilizers is late winter.
During spring, the plant should be supplied with organic matter such as well-rotted manure.
The Shahtoot plant produces edible tasty berries.
The leaves are used for preparing tea.
Pies, tarts, jellies, syrups, marmalade, juice and wine and also be made from Mulberries. They can be also dried and used as a snack, or in puddings or oatmeal cookies and muffins.