Blue Jacaranda

Jacaranda mimosifolia

Blue Jacaranda

Jacaranda trees are gorgeous.  The bees seem to love them, and they are pretty good candidates for bonsai, even though they are not edible.  The flowers smell pretty sweet.

We are fortunate enough to have a friendly neighbor who has one in the front yard and shared some seed pods with us to try our hands at growing some from seeds.

Jacaranda do well in USDA zones 9b-11, and can be grown as large houseplants.

Started from seed, Jacaranda can take 7 - 14 years to bloom.  This is a relatively short period of time in bonsai years.

04-23-2017: Repotting
Jacaranda mimosifolia

The tiny jacaranda tree has leafed out quite a bit and is on its second repot, I think.  We ended up putting it in a much larger pot because it seems to take all the rootspace given and grows topside accordingly.

Our neighbors tree is huge.  It is in bloom and puts off a low key sweet scent.  The purple blooms against the dark bark is quite attractive.
This will be a 7 to 14 year wait to see any blossoms on this one.

Jacaranda mimosifolia

10-14-2016: New Arrival

I am so impatient. The seeds have not sprouted and we received a free plant offering with the Kiwi plants.  I added on a jacaranda plant.

The jacaranda arrived in great health.

09-04-2016: Let's Get Growing!
Blue Jacaranda seed pods

We were able to retrieve several seed pods with the help of our friendly neighbor.  The seed pods are interesting and ornamental on their own.

Blue Jacaranda seed
Once the seed pods are cracked open, the plethera of papery flat seeds are revealed and can be wiped away from the inner pod pretty easily.  The actual seeds have wings to make it easy to disburse in the winds.

One pod contains a large number of seeds, so only a few pods are
Blue Jacaranda seeds
needed to get a few successful seedlings going.  However, they are reported to be easy to get started.  We're going to start a few in our seed starter SIPs and maybe save the rest for another day.

Jacaranda bonsai
I won't bore you with a picture of another dirt filled SIP, so I'll add what the dream is... a little jacaranda bonsai.

I'm not sure how long it will take to get from the papery seed to this little tree.  Bonsai is a game of patience.