My silk floss tree is at least 40 feet high with a spread of at least that much. How should it be pruned?
I would suggest you consult a qualified Arborist to tackle pruning a rare tree.
My research show pruning is only needed if you need to increase air circulation and you can remove up to 25 percent of the canopy. Pruning will result in loss of flowers for a few years.
My very large, mature silk floss tree is tipped but not down from hurricane winds in Miami Beach. The top branches are blocking the entrance to my second floor deck and will have to be removed. I will be there in 5 days. How many feet of trunk should I leave, and can I push it back upright and support it with a piece of wood?
It is best to only take off what you need. Leave as much as you possibly can to ensure its survival. You can definitely prop the tree back up with something whether it be a board, or tie it up with soft rope. I believe this tree will survive if given the proper care.
I have a floss silk/Kapok tree in my yard. Tree is apx 10 yrs old, 15 tall. It has never had a full bloom. There are others in the area and are beautiful when they bloom. We had 1 flower last yr. I spotted it after I threatened to chop the tree down. The tree was purchased for the flowering aspect. I read that you could add bone meal to the dirt and that would help.
Yes that would help. Any fertilizer high in potassium and phosphorus will do it some good. Alternatively, the soil pH could be too low. In this case you can add dolomitic lime to the area. This will help buffer it back. Her is an article for more information on the tree:https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/silk-floss/floss-silk-tree-planting.htm
I planted a silk floss tree in south Florida full sun in February taking care to water daily at first. The tree has no leaves at the end of April. When will leaves begin to show?
It should have already begun to show signs of life by now. It should only be watered when the soil is almost completely dry. These are somewhat drought tolerant, and can get fungal infections in wet soil pretty easily.
You can test to see if it is still alive by breaking just the tip off of a branch. If it is brittle, and brown inside, then go down until you find living tissue. If there is none, and the whole tree is brittle, then it is likely dead.
I would treat the area with wettable sulfur and dolomitic lime. This will kill off any infection in the soil, as well as recondition the pH back to a more suitable condition.
After this, you can replant, or wait for the tree to come back if it is still alive.
I have a 9 year old silk floss that this year, after finishing leafing out, is dropping a sap type substance. Little white droplets are appearing on a shade umbrella under the tree and all over the ground. It has never done this before. Is this normal? What can I do to stop it?
This is likely a pest issue; Scale insects are common on a Silk Floss Tree.
The substance that is being dropped by the tree is called Honeydew and is the bugs secretions.
Neem Oil is a good treatment.
Something is eating the edges of the leaves on my Floss Silk tree. I don't see any bugs, but maybe they come out at night. What spray or drench is safe for that species?
It could be an insect, but it could also be a fungal infection. Do you have any more evidence of damage or anything?
It can be best to consult with your local extension service, as they can best help you with problems local to your area.
This link will help you to find the closest one to you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search
Am providing pictures.Leaves are not turning yellow just dropping off.Too much water? Live in Myrtle Beach where we had hot weather for 2 weeks then rain which should be good
If this is a fresh transplant, then it is definitely going through transplant shock. It is not advised to plant in the heat, and it can result in the death of the plant.
Even though it would seem logical to water constantly in the heat, these trees are somewhat drought tolerant once they establish. There is a fine balance between keeping a young transplant watered well, and overwatered.
It is best to plant these when it is cool, but there is still a good chance that this will recover once the climate is right.
This article will help you with the care of these trees: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/mimosa/chocolate-mimosa-trees.htm