La acacia baileyana, much better known by the name of Mimosa or Acacia de Baile, it is a species native to Australia that resists drought, high temperatures, and also pests. It is a very beautiful tree, ideal for small or medium gardens, as it does not exceed 8 meters in height and, in case you want to prune to keep it lower, it can be done without problems towards the end of winter.
It blooms around January in the Northern Hemisphere, and when it does, it becomes a true natural wonder. And it is that, it can be totally covered with flowers. You want to know more? Do not miss this article.
Our protagonist has evergreen leaves, green or purple. It has a reasonably fast growth rate, and, unlike other acacias, it has no thorn. Its beautiful flowers look like miniature pompoms, bright yellow in color, and the fruit is a legume that takes on a brownish hue when it finishes maturing, which it does towards the end of spring. In addition, it supports frosts down to -5ºC.
It grows in all types of soils, including calcareous ones. For this reason, it is one of the best ornamental plants that can be had in poor soils, since it does not need much to live, flower and bear fruit, only a lot of sun and regular waterings (twice a week). And speaking of seeds, Do you know how they are sown?
Seeds of the genus Acacia are sown as follows:
- The first thing to do is subjecting them to thermal shock, preferably in spring, but it can also be done in summer. To do this, we will put them in a colander and then 1 second in a glass of boiling water. It is important that it is only 1 second, since otherwise we could burn them.
- Then We introduce them -this time without a strainer- in a glass with water that is at room temperature for 24 hours. In that time, it is very possible that some will begin to germinate.
- After that time, the we will sow in pots using a universal growing substrate, placing a maximum of two seeds in 20cm diameter pots. We will put them on the surface, buried only a little, just enough so that the wind cannot carry them away.
- Finally, We water and put the seedling in an area where it can get sunlight directly.
Normally, will germinate in two weeks at most.
Did you like the Acacia baileyana? 🙂