I think Mimosa trees are not only beautiful, but very useful too. They provide the humming birds and honey bees with food, shade for my family and home, and the kids used to spend ours playing in the tree when they were little. Here are 5 tips on caring for a Mimosa tree for you to use.
5. Prune when Necessary
The Mimosa is known for sending off suckers, or smaller versions of itself from its base. Trim these off when they start to grow. Also, be sure to cut off any dead branches. It’s best to wait until the leaves start to come on before pruning, so you don’t accidentally cut a live branch.
4. Fertilize Early in the Spring
It’s best to apply fertilizer to your Mimosa tree when it is still dormant. You can use a water-soluble fertilizer that is 10-10-10 and place this at the tree’s base. Be sure to water the fertilized area for 10 to 15 minutes too.
3. Water Sparingly
Mimosas do best when they are watered maybe once every couple of weeks. I lay the hose on the ground next to the tree, turn it on until a steady trickle comes out and then leave the hose there for 10 to 15 minutes. I might water it longer if the weather has been unbelievably hot and dry.
2. Have Well-drained Soil
These trees do like a drink of water, but they will die if submerged for long periods of time. Mine is in soil that has a bit of sand mixed with it. It is doing much better than the one down the road that is growing out of the clay-infused soil.
1. Place in Full Sun
These trees are originally from Asia and are sun-loving trees. They don’t grow well when planted in the shadow of a larger tree. If you want to keep your Mimosa small and slow growing, then a shaded area might be desired. However, they prefer a sunny location most of all.
My parents have tons of Mimosa trees in their yard, which is where mine came from. I nurtured it from a small sapling and enjoy watching it grow each year. Do you have anything special you do for your Mimosa tree? Are you located in a climate where Mimosas are hard to grow?
Top Photo Credit: Jim-AR