ABOUT THIS BERRY.
Mandarin Melonberry Chinese Che Tree (cudrania tricuspidata) – Large red fruit clusters, soft, chewy and super-sweet reminiscent of a cross between a mulberry and a fig. aka Che, the unique tree has a long history of being grown for both food and medicine in China. It leafs out and blooms late in spring and is rarely caught by a late spring freeze. The melon berry tree requires minimal care, is drought and frost tolerant and grows well in poor soils similar to the related mulberry.
Our plants allow you to enjoy fruit in the first year or so. All the berry plants we offer are healthy, vigorous, well rooted and grown right here in our nursery. Truly a better berry!
The growth rate and yield of Mandarin Melonberry Chinese Che will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. A few leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
|SOIL TYPERich Moist||% SUN80-100%|
|POT SIZE2x2x7″ Deep||INCLUDESOne Plant|
Berries are easy to grow, often producing hundreds of fruit per year. These berries will grow happily, flower and fruit in a pot or in-ground. They add a tasty accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In cooler zones a containerized berry plant can be relocated indoors for the winter months.
When you receive your new berry plant, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water and moving it to a shady location, simply keep moist. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new berry.
All berry varieties grow very well in containers, indoors or on the patio. Smaller varieties grow best indoors in 10″ to 14″ diameter pots while larger varieties need enough room for growth, generally a 14″ to a 24″ diameter, 14″ deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your berry will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow, at that point it is time for a larger pot.
Mandarin Melonberry Chinese Che enjoy a well drained, general potting mix easily found at your local box store. Remember try to stay away from arid or wet, mucky soils.
To help establish your new Mandarin Melonberry Chinese Che, fertilize sparingly ten inches away from the base, tri-annually with a slow time released product. Unfertilized they will tend to grow at a slower pace. Note: The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers will damage the roots and possibly kill the plant. Its best to use a brand you know and trust.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT.
Best outdoors if grown in zone 5b-11, find your zone here. This berry requires 80-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is often best. In the northern end of their grow zone Mandarin Melonberry Chinese Che should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. The patio zone is 4a-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in colder zones but must be brought inside before winter.
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS.
At the nursery these berries are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant this berry in a brightly lit area you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE.
All Mandarin Melonberry Chinese Che for sale will vary in size. In the spring, plants are often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Plants designated with a sku ending in -4, -6 or -8 will arrive in a standard 4 inch, 6 inch or 8 inch round growers pot respectively. Our new, reusable, recyclable deep plugs are 7 or 9 inches deep and 2 or 2.5 inches in width. Products growing in these pots are easy to transplant and allow for deeper roots and faster growth, they are designated with a sku ending in -7 or -9. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. For more information, click the “best packaging” link at the bottom of this page.
Note: Before leaving, berries are inspected, watered, and pruned. Larger plants, generally those that ship in 8″ pots, will be topped to 36″ or 48″ overall, depending on the variety, if necessary, to facilitate shipping. Your new plants’ pot is then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Plants are tissue or kraft paper wrapped and generally secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You may want to order your Mandarin Melonberry Chinese Che Tree (cudrania tricuspidata) online now while they are in stock, supplies are limited.