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How to Grow Mimosa Hostilis

mimosa-hostilis-plantOne of the most frequently asked questions regarding Mimosa Hostilis is, of course, how to grow it. Here is the simplest method:
Start by heating some water to just under boiling. To help facilitate germination, make a small cut at the roundish end of each seed and soak them in the water for 30 to 60 minutes. You want them to swell, as these seeds are more likely to germinate than the seeds which have not swollen. You can reheat the water and try soaking those seeds again. It is usually a good idea to refrain from using tap water when growing anything. Distilled water is much better for this purpose.
Wet down a paper towel and wrap your swelled seeds in it. Put this wrap into a plastic bag and set it in a safe place, away from direct sunlight. Check it every other day for signs of germination. Rewet the towel, if it feels dry to the touch. The seeds should begin to sprout in no less than a week.
Fill some small pots with perlite or some other kind of non-organic grit, one per seed. Plant each seed two inches deep and place the pots in a well lit location. Rain forest is humid and the light is filtered through dense vegetation and mist, so the growing area shouldn’t be exactly hot or in direct sunlight. You must keep the planting medium thoroughly moist, but not soggy, over a period of 2 – 6 weeks as your plants germinate and go through the earliest stages of development.
As they grow to be a few inches tall, transplant them into organic soil with lots of room for the roots to grow and more of the same, filtered ligting and dense, humid warmth. Water them regularly and, as they begin to establish root structure, introduce to the soil an occasional liquid fish fertilizer or some vegetarian alternative, if you prefer, such as Earth Emulsion.
Mimosa Hostilis can grow to be over 25 feet tall and can reach half that height in less than 5 years.

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Comments (7)

  1. Joe

    So I’ve got three plants growing. One outside and two in 5 gal buckets inside. It’s late winter and it will be interesting to see what happens this spring with the one outside growing in zone 5 conditions. The two inside are aproaching three feet tall and will go back outside this April. So when do they start producing seeds and how many years should I grow them before I harvest any roots?

  2. dj webber

    Fill some small pots with perlite or some other kind of non-organic grit, one per seed

  3. Nscof

    I live in Texas & mimosa trees are everywhere. Is this the same mimosa hostilis or another breed of mimosa?

  4. Sue Ellen McGoey

    Where can I buy seeds
    Thanks

  5. Hugo

    Hola, saludos

    Quisiera saber como puedo identificar unas semillas de mimosa pudica de las mimosa hostilis.

    gracias

  6. kinghapton

    My baby trees have bee grownig for months and still are only 2 to 3 inches tall. is this normal?

    • The propagator

      The problem might be the PH- lvls. I planted some seeds in organic soil and some in coco-peat and the ones planted in the coco stagnated after just a couple of centimeters. Try lowering the PH-levels and see what happens. Good luck

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