10 Mimosa hostilis tenuiflora Seeds, 'Jurema plant,' Brazil
- LIMIT two (2) mimosa seed packs per person per year!!!!!
Genuine Mimosa hostilis Seeds from Brazil. A tropical, fast growing, thorny vine. Super fast grower, can grow an inch per day. A WBTC best seller, but will not grow outside semi-tropical areas without winter cover. Phalaris is a good alternative for most of the USA. Not suitable as a house plant unless you don't mind thorns or like to clip the little buggers. Greenhouse or protect from frost. Even slight frost can kill an entire plant. Needs temps above 60F at all times to thrive. It prefers a humid environment with temps around 80F. Established plants are a bit more frost resistant, but best to cover like any other tropical. Roots can get quite large, so not really suitable for containers.
Used by Native American people for skin care and for healing wounds.
- Special Germination Instructions:
Improve germination three to six fold by mimicking the effects of a forest fire. Seeds lie dormant for years waiting for a forest fire event. Germination is only 15% without scarification, OR, about 90% with heat treatment. So always do the following:
For best germination, Mimosa seeds need fire scarification.
Place seeds in a jar with wood smoke for four hours, then pour hot water (150-199F) on the seeds for two to five minutes (NOTE: You can skip or shorten the smoke part, but not the heat treatment).
- ---Do not put seeds into boiling water, or they may burst! ---
Plant in rich, warm soil with a bit of wood ash, keep humidity high (use a humidity dome if needed), and water daily. Likes a hot, humid rainforest with filtered light. Once sprouted, remove the humidity dome to prevent damping off and mold issues; keep air moving.
Afternoon shade or all filtered light is best. A tall trellis or scorched trees may needed for support, but it can be pruned into many shapes.
Vines can grow an inch per day. NO FROST! Tropical plant with thorns.
More info on the Mimosa page.
Photo Notes: One photo of the mimosa stem is from a plant that I grew. The mimosa hostilis tree photo is from a WBTC customer in Texas who grew this five-year-old tree from one of my seeds, the one surviving plant from a pack of 20 original seeds. He said it has survived several frosts and a major hurricane, so far. It flowered in the fifth year. Mimosa can be pruned to adapt to different shapes and environments, into a trellised vine or a compact bush or even a small tree. Normally they climb straight up like a vine.
Thank you so much for the Jurema seeds. 100% germination within 48 hrs. That has to be a record! Thanks again for your efforts in preserving (a) species of such interest.