Mimosa: Acacia

Acacias are members of the Mimosaceae famiy. They are native to Australia and have become naturalised in the Mediterranean. Grown in containers, they will reach a height of 2 m (6 ft 6 in).

The fragrant yellow flowers appear in spring on A. dealbata (Silver Wattle) while the ‘four-seasons mimosa’ A. retinodes flowers almost all year round. The finely pinnate pseudo-leaves that are in fact leaf stalks make them ideally suited to dry conditions. They flower only in warm, sunny places and need generous, continuous watering and a slightly acid soil. Although the root ball must never be allowed to dry out, it must not become waterlogged. During the growing period it must fertilized every week. It is propagated from seed in spring or summer, scratching the hard seed shell lightly before sowing. During winter it should be placed in a light position where the temperature will not go below 5°C (41°F); in a conservatory the temperature can be higher.

Pruning or cutting back, whether light or vigorous, should take place after flowering. Mimosas are prone to spider mites.

14. April 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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