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First time flowering in mimosa tenuiflora aka mimosa hostilis


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#1 bozefonce

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 09:33 AM

I was trimming my largest hostilis yesterday and noticed a flower among the branches in the canopy. This morning when I went to take a picture, I noticed that there are all kinds of new buds coming out in the upper branches. First time ever on either of my two oldest. They are about six, no more than seven years old, grown from seed.

 

The tallest of the two, the one that's flowering, is almost 13' high and has a trunk that's 9.5" in circumference at the base, or about 2 7/8" diameter as shown in the photo. You can see a girdling root growing at the base that my dogs have exposed (again) because they love to lie in the dirt under it, a nice cool, shady spot :)

I fertilized with milorgasumthin' last night after trimming and filled in the hole a bit with dirt and mulch to the disappointment of the pooches. It's hard to keep them from digging in there because they love the smell of organic fertilizer so much, LOL. But that girdling root is going to have to get trimmed off at some point, the tree can't keep growing healthy that way

 

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 05:35 PM

Congratulations!! Beautiful and big specimen, how old is it?

One day I want to live in a place like you where I can cultivate my beloved plants outside. There is no future in what I do over here in the alps...


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Posted 10 March 2017 - 07:11 PM

Congratulations!! Beautiful and big specimen, how old is it?

One day I want to live in a place like you where I can cultivate my beloved plants outside. There is no future in what I do over here in the alps...

I started it from seed literally about 6 1/2 years ago. I might have some archived photos of it when it was still in a pot, this one is a very fast grower.
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Posted 11 March 2017 - 12:09 AM

I'd love to see some older pictures if available bozefonce!



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Posted 11 March 2017 - 07:24 AM

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Here's a pic of one of the two sisters from 1/4/12 when it was about 1.5 years old. This one developed an albino shoot at one point.
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Posted 11 March 2017 - 07:29 AM

Ok, can a mod help out with the double pics? Wasn't me! Lol...

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 08:26 AM

Here is the photo of the albino shoot. This white shoot on a shamanic plant became sort of an omen for me at the time.
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Posted 11 March 2017 - 08:27 AM

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 05:24 AM

Looks spookily like a Yopo doesn't it? Except for the albino shoot.


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:23 PM

I think this means my tree has hit puberty. A modest first yield, but welcome. And there are still more buds on the tree f4d2d9584b6192eb2b910e57428b74d0.jpg
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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:09 PM

First harvest :)

I assume that the sooner they are sown the better.a84956dad5fad413be3062653508ba3a.jpg
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 12:43 PM

Update: over the past few weeks we've gone from abundant flowers to abundant seed pods. Happy dances all around.35387cb54d66794ddf98861d6e232278.jpgb38483fcb9242f84650075208ec3eec4.jpg

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#13 Heirloom

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 02:06 PM

An absolute beauty, bozefonce. How did the seeds germinate? I imagine there are people who would grow them here.

I like that image you use.

peace dude
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 08:16 PM

Thanks, Heirloom. I just put the seeds in some dirt about a week ago, got busy and didn't get to it for a while. Will update with any germination news. I'll be sowing as many seeds as I can for the next while. This tree itself was grown from seed by me just a scant 6 years ago, no more than 7. I probably posted a thread about it back then but haven't dug through them yet. Happy to be seeing a full growth and reproduction cycle here. I've got several rooted cuttings from this tree, which has turned out to be the fastest growing of my two mature trees. Some new seedlings will be a welcome addition to the collection.


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 10:40 PM

I grabbed a few fistfuls of seed pods off the tree yesterday and the day before. They were pretty much dry on the tree but it was raining a bit so I let them dry till tonight and separated out about 100 seeds
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Posted 09 June 2017 - 04:57 PM

Dam that's awesome Bozefonce! My mimosa didn't survive this last winter unfortunately. I'll try again and again until I have success. Just sowed my last 48 seeds the other night. So hopefully I'll have another few Mimosas to grow.

Very interesting trees. Great job and lovely tree/flowers.

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 06:04 PM

try again and again until success, that's the way!
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Posted 21 June 2017 - 06:01 PM

Say hello to my little friend.

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 06:05 PM

VERY COOL  that you got seeds .. I hope for you they are viable .

 

I am curious  if there are any different named cultivators that have a higher level of interesting alkaloids ?

 

also what climate zones do these thrive in ?


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#20 Heirloom

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 07:01 PM

Really nice Boze
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