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Old 10-09-2012, 10:42 PM
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royal empress tree from seed


I am seriously thinking about growing some royal empress trees I was wondering if anyone has experience growing from seed and any advice would help. Also best way to germinate the seeds
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:46 PM
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If you just sprinkle them on the surface they will grow they have a very fine seed. They can be an invasive tree as well, they grow super fast. Around here it's kinda a weedy tree.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:34 PM
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Please reconsider growing this tree. It is extremely invasive and once established next to impossible to get rid of. Virginia is already overrun with them - don't add any more!

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Old 01-16-2013, 04:57 PM
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I agree that they are invasive. But if you can garden responsibly, they are worth the effort and have a fantastic scent. I have planted one at every residence ever since I stole one from a property once owned by P T Barnum. Blame it on Barnum; it's all because of him and his elephants' poor digestion.
Beware of the newer types created by the forestry industry. They are leggy and not nearly as nice as the originals.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:13 PM
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Never heard of it. I always wanted a mimosa or a weeping willow.
We ended up buying a house on 1/2acre and huges oaks all around house, hate the pollen from them, not to mention the acorns.
Its fun watching the squirrels, one of these days I am going to get them on video running thru the tree tops.
In the spring, we have a family of yellow crown knight herons that return to their nest high in one of the oaks, last April a freak hailstorm, hit the mama bird and knocked it out of the nest and it must have broken her neck, I felf so sad for the babies.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:17 PM
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Egad, mimosas are just as bad they spread everywhere, I seriously considering taking up one out of my yard before the spread gets any worse. There are beautiful but a big pain in the butt.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:56 PM
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The invasiveness has to do with where you are. Up here in the north east, getting a mimosa tree to grow is a wonderful thing. I just planted a baby mimosa last year and am praying that it makes it through the winter. It is just such a beautiful tree when it is in bloom. And we also have weeping willows that sway in the summer breeze. We lost our biggest one last year in the surprise snow storm but they grow incredibly quickly so its replacement is on the grow.
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:02 PM
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Yeah you are right, swampy, I forgot you were in ct. I love weeping willows I'd love to have a baby one come spring if you have one, I'll give you all the mimosa seeds you want of find you some babies come spring.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:40 PM
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Tess, as easy as the willow are to root, I will just take some spring cuttings and send them to you. Just put them in water and they will root. Actually, as a side note after the willows have rooted use the water for other plants that you want to root. Willow water is great for rooting most any plant. Contact me in the Spring and remind me that you want willows Im old and forgetful.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:13 AM
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Thanks swampy
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:09 PM
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I'd love some willow too
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:59 PM
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Well all you gals just get in touch with me come early spring because even if I make a note of who wants willow, I will probably loose the note before then. Being old and forgetful has its drawbacks.
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