Badseed, you mean there are actually white flowered ones where you live? I planted seeds from the ONE tree with white flowers, according to J. L. Hudson, about 17 years ago and it NEVER bloomed. I now have 3 more white-flowered ones which are coming along nicely. Would LOVE to see them bloom. The pink ones are so beautiful, and much hardier than 'they' say. John
crapemyrtles.com Here is an excellent site with cold hardy crapemyrtles of all colors and different types. I have lots of seeds on my trees here but would be too cold there. They will send you a free book is you give them your E-mail address.
I have a coffee can full of seed if anyone cares for any.
I have transplanted many dozens of mimosas, with total success. You do have to do it while they are young, as in the first year or two at the latest. Keep them really well watered but well drained until they start to put on new top growth. As usual, I recommend watering in the new transplant with Medina soil activator to reduce any chance of shock. In Louisiana, mine grew about 4' the first year, then slowed a bit but not a lot. In four years, they were taller than the roof. Here in Texas, with the searing heat and widely varying weather, it's not as predictable.
I had no clue there were white ones,but I would love to see if I could get a pink one to survive up here...
The one I saw in Pine Grove,PA ,just gets me some strange looks,its growing next to a truckstop,and the drivers are all looking at me weird in the first place,but when I kinda walk in the guys yard where its growing,to see it and the flowers up close...well.thats just not something truck drivers do...male or female...LOL
tarogers, I can grow crepe myrtles here, but they die back to the ground most winters, then regrow about 3 or 4 feet from the roots and bloom in the late fall. A little farther south in NJ they grow as trees and look amazing.
Until lately I did not know how many different colors, types and sizes they had. Take a look crapemyrtles.com and you will be ammazed. I defently want want want ♫ some of the mini and ground cover varities ♫.
I cut and pasted the Hyperlink but did not work. crapemyrtles.com Thanks Evert!!
LOL I was getting so confused. I was wondering if turning 50 had made my brain into mush. I guess I will go eat some mush now to keep reminding my brain that that is where it is headed so hang on tight for a LOONNNNGGGGGG time.
A note about hardiness in the North -- In New York City, there was a pink mimosa I passed often and looked forward to its blooms every year. Also, down lower Lafayette Street, the city planted crape myrtles along a couple of blocks. They were relatively small (6-10'), but grew and bloomed each year.
NYC is, on the other hand, an unusual, artificial microclimate, 10-15 degrees warmer than surrounding areas in winter. The temperature is raised by the concentration of heated buildings.
We have a few volunteer mimosas (pink) on the property here that I have to take up. The initial arching stems are perhaps 2.5-3.5' long. I wouldn't mind trying to get them up with enough roots for transplant. Anyone interested could gain a couple of years on seed.
The seed do have a hard casing that is usually weakened in the digestive tracts of birds (which is how they reached our property when there are no mimosa trees for miles). I haven't tried growing mimosas, but in every other case in which I have encountered this, the easy solution was nicking (I use nail clippers) and soaking the seeds. I would do it in the spring, or now, if they can be raised indoors or in a heated greenhouse. I wouldn't expect new seedlings to survive a hard winter outdoors.
By the way, does anyone have fresh Mimosa pudica/Sensitivity Plant seeds they can share? I have a request for a lot of plants, but I only have a few seeds that are several years old and not eager to germinate.
I've been away from Dave's for a few years due to health, but I am happy to report that one of the seeds that "jcf" was kind enough to send is now a 15' tree with a trunk diameter of nearly 6". It bloomed heavily last year (2007) and produced many seed pods which I have potted for germination and plan to transplant as soon as they are big enough. I am including a picture from last year (2007). THANK YOU SO MUCH "JCF" WE ARE VERY HAPPY WITH OUR MIMOSA!
Our mimosa tree bloomed beautifully last year! Winter winds threw seed pods all over the yard and garden and scattered the seeds within... I have little doubt that I will be finding lots of little seedlings this summer!
I love this plant. Reminds me of my childhood. We had one across the street from us and we use to climb this tree all the time. I read that in Georgia, it is considered "invasive". Also, from the building where I use to work, there is a HUMONGOUS Mimosa tree. It is probably very very old. The trunk of this mimosa tree is huge! They are building a subdivision there now and the tree is still there.
i had one at my old house and had to cut it down after like 13 years being there as it started to rot from the inside out. nurseryman said it was from a wound the tree got long ago and just rotted from the inside out. now at my new place seedlings in my old plant pots are everywhere.
Sorry but I received these seeds from a swap...they are from Kentucky..All the lady said was White and Pink Mimosa...I live in NH and I doubt they would make it up here...There is a Mimosa the "Helen Keller" but I haven't been able to find one...it does live in Zone 5.
I harvested some Mimosa seed pods last year and zip locked them in a baggie. After a couple of weeks i was about to plant the seeds and noticed that they had holes bored in them by small black beetles. It was the first time it ever happened. So now i take them out of the pod and inspect each seed before storing. Just wondering if anyone else has this problem. Maybe i need to dust them with an insecticide ?
I also have a Chocolate Silk Mimosa. I planted two in the same hole to get multiple branches. (I have done this with old species of Mimosas and had no problems.) One did great an the other one died. Now I have to fight with Wayside Gardens. I paid $149,00 per plant (tree). Wish me luck. If anyone else needs seed, my regular Mimosa in the driveway garden must have at least two hundred pods. They are free just D-Mail me with your address. No Postage. Santa Clause will pay.
[quote="LynnPhillips"]I bought the Chocolate Silk Mimosa last fall. It is so cute. I will save seeds for anyone when it flowers. I don't know when to expect it to flower, next year, later? It is about 5-6' tall.[/quote]
I would like to have some of the seed. I will dmail you my address.