Flowers on Mimosa Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Bedford, PA
Question by missbell
February 8, 2006
I live in PA and transplanted a mimosa tree here from Mississippi (my nome state)about 3 years ago. It is doing fine, but has never bloomed. I transplanted 2 more last summer, but until spring I will not know if they survived the winter. I was wondering if these trees have to be a certain age before they bloom, or is there something I need to do to encourage blooming. They are so beautiful when they are in bloom and I have been looking forward to seeing a Mimosa bloom in Pennsylvania...everyone said it wouldn't live, but it did. Thank you for taking the time to address my question...Diane Dantone


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Answer from NGA
February 8, 2006

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Congratulations on successfully moving them! They will need several years to become well established and build up enough strength to bloom. Also, they should be in full sun for best blooming. Make sure you are not overfertilizing them in an effort to make them grow faster as this can result in excess foliage growth at the expense of blooms. I think I would still be patient for another year or two.

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