At a Glance
|Jacaranda ~ Jacaranda mimosifolia
Lifespan: Lives for many years and develops into a small tree. If planted outside in subtropical areas is able to develop into a long-lived very larged flowering tree.
Season: Flowers in the spring or summer in its natural environment.
Difficulty quotient: Rather easy, but cannot stand low temperatures. Some of the leaves will drop off each fall.
Size and growth rate: Jacarandas seldom grow taller than about three feet when grown in pots. Outdoors they can grow to 40-50 feet.|
Flowering and fragrance: Potted plants won't flower indoors, but plants grown in a greenhouse or in tu sub-tropics will flower yearly. The tree grows wild in warm, frost-free climates, and flowers each year with masses of fragrant, lavender-blue flowers. The seed pods are woody, mahogany-colored and flat. The seeds are similar to a chestnut. They hang on the tree for many months.
|Light and temperature: Jacaranda likes warmth and sunshine but cannot stand drafts or temperatures below 62°F. It can stand in a sunny window until it gets too big. Afterwards it is best suited to the greenhouse.
Watering and feeding: Plants should be watered regularly. In summer, water liberally and spray the leaves 2-3 times a week. In winter, water more sparingly and donnot feed. From March to September, feed once every 2-3 weeks.
|Soil and transplanting: When the plant is well established it should be transplanted each spring. The soil should be rich and well-drained.|
Grooming: As soon as the plant has reached teh desired height it can be clipped back. In the wild, this tree usually has broad crown, but it can be shaped and clipped to make it more bushy.
Environment: The plant is well-suited to be a background tree in the greenhouse. It can also decorate the windowsill until it grows too large.
Buying tips: The Jacaranda tree is available in many plant centers in warmer sections of the country. It is also listed in mail order catalogs.