Mimosa/Silk Tree

Lee Hadden hadden at wingate.edu
Fri Feb 11 15:17:00 EST 2000

Suggest you try     http://www.bbg.org/gardening/natural/seed/getstarted.html
which does mention the need to soak these seeds.    This tree grows wild here in
NC [virtually a weed along many roadsides and fields] and reseeds itself every
year so getting new seedlings is no problem.  Nor is getting bagfuls of seed
every fall when the pods dry.   Since they thrive in our red clay, I would think
they could grow in almost any soil.   You can plant seeds outdoors and let
nature take its course or transplant them later when the soil warms a bit to
jump start them.   [I would cold harden them gradually if moving outdoors
though.]  I have several I started that are several years old, but no sign of
flowering yet.   I would guess at least 5 year old plants might bloom judging
from the size of local plants that do bloom.
If you need more seeds to try different tactics with, I'll try to get you some.

Lee Hadden

Kevin Franken wrote:

> I have several seeds of the Mimosa/Silk Tree (Albizzia julibrissen).  I am
> wondering how and when I should plant them.  I think they need to be soaked,
> then cut for germination to occur.  I'm not sure which end of the seed I
> should cut - the end with or without the dark dot where it was attached to
> the fruit pod?
> After it germinates, what soil type is best?  When should I plant it
> outdoors?  Will it flower the first year?  I live in Champaign, IL.
> Thanks for any information on this beautiful plant.
> Kevin Franken
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