Saturday, June 26, 2010

How 'bout those Bean Trees?

Wow- has time ever flown.  Remember wayyyyy back when I started this little blog in 2008, and my obsession with sprouting those wondrous little Mescal Bean Tree - Sophora secundiflora- (Texas Mountain Laurel) seeds?  Well they seemed to take forever to get more than 6 inches tall, and even at 1 year old they seemed so small and at times I wondered if it was all going to be worth it.  But fast forward to June 2010 and look at these babies now!

Out of the 11 original sprouts, I have 7 little trees.  The three pictured are the tallest, but all are doing well.  The last one is so tall and skinny- anyone have suggestions for getting it to bush out a bit? I'm a weeny when it comes to pruning and pinching so advice is welcomed.
I just couldn't help myself this year, and picked some seeds from the trees near my local drug store, and I've got 5 of them sprouted now, and planted in potting containers...the pots should hold them for up to 2 years..then I will have to find these baby bean trees some homes! If you want to adopt an orphan bean tree let me know!
Happy Last Weekend of June 2010...what is your obsession?
                                            

13 comments:

Mecha said...

I'll gladly take one! I think they are very sweet!

Nancy in Sun Lakes AZ said...

You could cut off the top about 6 inches and it will branch.

Dee said...

really Nancy? Just lop it off? I have a few I should do that to as I really want them to branch out just a little on top. I've seen these trimmed into normal tree shapes, as well as in bush shapes. I want some of each but in the big area I want to groom them into the tree shape. Thanks for your help!

Dee said...

Where are you Mecha? I will probably need to limit the offer to fairly local people (Tucson or Phoenix areas), as I don't think they will travel well. They will need to stay in the original pot until planting outside.

Julie said...

What an interesting obsession! They are really pretty trees, and I am glad they finally got going real well for ya. Is that hay mulch you are using??? My obsessions change at the drop of a hat! LOL...right now it seems to be bread making (in the dead of summer...go figure)!

Dee said...

Hi Julie! Thanks for visiting!
Yes, that is Alfalfa hay. I read the "By George, a blog" blog, and got that advice from one of his posts. I spread it around the garden plants, and put the extra around some of my trees.

Claude said...

Great little trees you got there... I don't know much about the species though, so can't give any advice... except hay mulch is a wonderful thing. I've got tomatoes coming out of my ears with straw mulch...

Jenn said...

Oo. I'd be happy to adopt a tree. I'm in Phoenix, happy to travel.

With the existing, planted trees think about how high you want the branching before you trim. They will send out those branches around the area of the leader. So if you want a taller tree, wait a bit before you pinch it.

antigonum cajan said...

Check the name: Cesar Manrique Cabrera, Lanzarote, Spain.

You may like his installations in that part of the world.

The beauty of the desert vegetation is there to enjoy for the educated eye.

Nice blog.

antigonum cajan said...

My mesquite trees are the slowest ones in my collection of over one hundred species.

That is why I love them. I will never have to worry about
corrective pruning...

NCSU guy said...

Have you tried growing the 'Silver Peso' variety? Fuzzy silver foliage with i think even deeper royal purple flowers than normal. It was love a first sight when i saw it first in Las Vegas!

NCSU guy said...

In my experience I had a few of them just send out a tall shoot and grow from there. After a few seasons it would grow more shoots from the base kind of like when a rose throws out its long canes from the base. I wouldnt worry about it too much.

Dee said...

I've not tried the Silver Peso- I've seen them for sale, but my trees all came from seed from some local trees. The one I bought from a nursery (not Silver Peso) is smaller than the ones I started from seed, even though it is at least 2 years older. They just don't transplant well I guess. I'll have to watch for some Silver Peso ones and gather some seeds. It would be great to have both kinds.