Pink Mimosa


Few plants can actually interact with their owners. The pink mimosa has leaves that actually close when they are touched. The pink mimosa is often planted in dry backyards to serve as an ornamental plant. This plant is adept at surviving and often requires herbicides to eliminate.


Pink mimosa is a deciduous tree that can grow to the height of 50 feet. The bark of the mimosa has a light brown or grey color, with dots and dashes covering the bark. The leaves on the pink mimosa have a fern, feather-like shape on both sides of the stem. The pink mimosa produces flowers that are in the shape of dangling pods that remain on the tree from summer to part of the winter. The pink mimosa flowers have color that ranges from white to pink. Other names for the pink mimosa are the "sensitive plant" and "sleeping grass."


The pink mimosa blooms between March and May. Not only is the pink mimosa tree a perennial, but this tree is also difficult to get rid of. However, some landscapers do choose to use the mimosa. When first planted, they should be watered thoroughly. If the pink mimosa is started in a pot, the pot can be covered to maximize humidity. They are best propagated through seeds, since the seeds have a high chance of germinating, but they can also be propagated through cuttings. In order to reproduce, the pink mimosa sends up roots or releases seeds.


The pink mimosa can survive both in dry and in wet areas, usually along the edges of forests. Long-term frost kills the pink mimosa. The tree can also appear in areas full of waste, on lawns, in open plantations and around weedy thickets.


Some landscapers might not want to have pink mimosa growing in their yards. During dry seasons, the pink mimosa is ignitable, potentially causing fires. Since this plant sends up roots that can develop into new mimosas, these trees have to not only be cut down but also treated with undiluted glyphosate concentrate. The pods should be collected and put in heavy bags so that they do not germinate and create new trees.


Cochineals are parasites that can attack and weaken the pink mimosa. These parasites can be eliminated by applying alcohol to them using a cotton stem. However, trees that are heavily infested with the cochineals should simply be removed and the soil should be disposed of.

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Charles Pearson has written as a freelancer for two years. He has a B.S. in Literature from Purdue University Calumet and is currently working on his M.A. He has written three ebooks so far: Karate You Can Teach Your Kids, Macadamia Growing Handout and The Raw Food Diet.