The Q&A Archives: Mimosa leaves are closing together and wilting

Question: I just purchased a Mimosa tree and planted it. The same day that it was planted the leaves on the tree folded together or closed and the leaves look like they are wilting. Is this normal for the leaves to do this when the tree is transplanted? If it is notwhat can I do to help the tree?

Answer: I apologize for the delay in answering your question. I hope that you contacted your retailer directly for help. BAsed on your description it sounds like the tree experienced severe transplant shock, perhaps because the heat of summer is such a difficult time to transplant. All you can really do is keep the soil evenly moist like a wrung out sponge, not sopping wet or saturated and not dried out. Using several inches of organic mulch over the root area will help with that. To know if you need to water, dig into the soil with your finger. If it is still damp, don't water yet. When you do water, water slowly and thoroughly so it soaks down deep into the soil where the roots are. An occasional deep watering is better than a daily light sprinkling. After you water, wait a few hours and then dig down to see how far the water went; sometimes it can be surprising. Do not be tempted to fertilize or feed your tree, this would add even more stress by pushing it to grow. I hope it okay by now. If not, I would suggest you contact your retailer (especially if there was a warranty) and/or your county extension for help.

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