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James1991
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acacia

Post by James1991 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:25 pm

i bought an acacia dealbata on a bit of a whim yesterday from the local gc. anyone else grow there? if so how many degrees of frost do they take? do they need pruning? and are they self fertile?


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Re: acacia

Post by Nigel Fear » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:54 pm

Have proven hardy here for the last 10 yeas or so, to at least -6 or lower.
You'll probably have to prune it fairly soon, as they,re extremely quick growing, but respond well to a prune.
Self-seeding everywhere, specially after disturbing any soil in the vicinity.


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Re: acacia

Post by James1991 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:41 pm

thanks for the info nigel. is yours in flower atm? the one i bought is covered in flower buds. what will happen if i get a frost? will it kill the flowers?


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Re: acacia

Post by Nigel Fear » Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:04 pm

Mine are flowering at the moment too, which should last for about a month, frost never seems to bother them, which is just as well because the buds start developing around early autumn time.
You might get a little leaf damage if you get heavy snow that freeze-dries them, but I can,t see it happening this year'.
Having said that, you might as well wait a few more weeks before planting anyway.


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Re: acacia

Post by fern Rob » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:15 pm

I had quite a collection of Acacias but lost them all in winter 2010 quite big plants aswell.
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Re: acacia

Post by Blairs » Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:33 am

My acacia did fine last year and this year the only issue has been defoliation in parts due to the gale force winds. Purperea are slightly hardier than dealbata for me.


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Re: acacia

Post by multim » Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:42 am

I too was almost tempted to buy one yesterday. It was last years stock and due to the mild Winter, it was in bud.
I did give myself a reality check and thought again.....Don't do it! Even though it was a beautiful Spring-like day!! I have tried one before and failed. It just gets too cold where I am in a 'normal' Winter for buds to successfully develop into flower.
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