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Apr 13, 2019 9:10 PM CST
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I have been having a hard time finding a Lysiloma watsonii. A feather tree similar to a mesquite, but with puff balls. On a walk I saw my first glimpse of what I hope is one. I took a clipping from it to clone a tree because there were no new bean pods. The tree looked neglected of water....

I have only cloned tomatoes, but I hope the process is the same or should I just plant it instead of waiting for roots with it being in water? Should I put it ouside in the sun for the root growth?
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Apr 15, 2019 2:31 PM CST
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I think this time you found an Acacia. Its hard to tell as its so wilted but Lysiloma watsonii has white flowers.

There is quite a bit of difference between propagation of herbaceus plants and woody plants. I have never heard of anyone growing Lysiloma from cuttings, so, if you ever find a tree, it will be a great experiment. They grow quite easily from seed but the seed does need some special treatment.
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Apr 15, 2019 5:52 PM CST
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It is quite white. Bad picture. I have done some research and compared to other images online. And I am sure the tree is Lysiloma watsonii. Finally found one!!! I wish it had seeds....

I managed to get it to produce roots in a day and planted it. Looks quite unhappy due to shock.....
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Apr 23, 2019 10:40 PM CST
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So yes, the clone crumbled and died due to fungus...I should have used cinnamon...

I was lucky and managed to find one seed pod when passing the tree again, but I want to keep trying to clone it, so I can graft it together with other bean plants with mesquite as base because of its powerful root system in horrible clay soil and drought resistance.
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May 14, 2021 9:10 PM CST

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I have grown Lysiloma from seed without any pretreatment at all. Just take the seeds and put them in moist potting soil, and keep that soil moist but not too wet. The seeds will sprout within two weeks. By the end of the month, they should have grown well.
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