I recently planted a small Mimosa tree, approx. 6' tall.
Most of the original leaves turned yellow and fell off but there are new branches beginning to sprout from the trunk.
I am concerned I may not be watering the tree correctly as I read that they need very little water and I don't want to drown it.
Thanks! John H.
|It isn't unusual for newly transplanted trees and shrubs to go through a little transplant shock, until the roots become established and they adapt to their new homes. I suspect that's why the foliage turned yellow on your tree.|
It's difficult to recommend how often to water your tree because soil moisture depends upon soil type and, of course, the weather. A good rule of thumb for your tree is to build a watering basin beneath it and once a week flood the basin with water, allow it to drain, then flood it a second time. This concentrates the water over the roots and allows it to trickle down, wetting the entire root mass.
Here's a simple way to check soil moisture: water your tree as usual and wait 3-4 days, then dig a hole down near the roots. If the soil is still moist 3 inches beneath the surface, you won't need to water for a few days; if it's dry, it's time to water again.
Best wishes with your mimosa!