last update: 2007-06-24
It is easy to breed mimosa from seeds available in stores. It is possible to plant the seeds directly into earth, but it is better to let them germinate before planting into earth. One has to douse the seeds with hot water (not boiling hot) in which they have to stay over night. At the next day, this procedure is repeated with the seeds, which has not been swollen. With this treatment, the seeds should germinate within a few days after planting into earth. The seeds should only be covered by a thin layer of earth! It is also possible to grow up the seeds without a covering layer of earth. For that purpose one has to use for example "Kokohum", which is a culture media consisting of coconut fibres. The seeds have to be prepared
like described above, than they have to be put on the media. As soon as they have formed roots, it is possible to plant them into earth (not too deep!).
It is not recommended to fertilize seedlings. If none of the methods described above succeeds, it is possible additionally to the hot water treatment to file off slight the flat end of the seeds with sandpaper or a rasp.
After germination, the plants should not be trimmed. The best time for sowing is springtime.
To get seeds from the own plants, it is recommended to pollinate the blooms by transferring pollen from one bloom to another with a wet cotton bud or brush. Directly bringing together two blooms is also possible. When pollination was successful, the blooms won't fall down after withering and seeds will be formed. You can find pictures from seeds in our gallery.
It is also possible to propagate mimosa by cloning. One has to cut off leaves of a grown-up plant and puts them into water for about two weeks. As soon as there are small roots, one can plant them into earth. Especially in the first time, it is important to keep the earth watery. Unfortunately, the cloning doesn't work each time.
After discovering the first burgeons at the mimosa, there will soon be blooms. Because they only bloom for one day, one could be unlucky and not be at home this day... So keep an eye on your mimosa! :-) The bloom doesn't drop off immediately after one day, but it is obvious that it is withered. It is possible to estimate when a burgeon will open, the day before blooming there is a discolouring of the as yet entirely green burgeon.
burgeon before blooming