Acacia (?) traumatized by cold, what to do?

Discussion in 'Indoor and Greenhouse Plants' started by lkt, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. lkt

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    Maryland, USA

    I'd really appreciate some help learning how to care for a new plant. A stranger gave me what I believe he called an "Acacia" tree (He did say it was Asian) that he'd kept as a houseplant for several years; he said it's very hardy and easy to take care of. I brought it home and left it outside for a night because I needed to check it for bugs before bringing it inside. I brought it inside, but now all of the leaves are limp and hanging, except the leaves on what looks like a young branch at the base of the plant, which are fine. The tree is about 4 feet all and consists of 6 branches. A few branches were dead and just sitting in the pot when I got it. I am not naturally good with plants and I have no idea how to take care of it. For instance:

    1) Should I repot it now? Or should I wait? The previous owner said it needed to be repotted, and it doesn't look like the tree has enough soil.

    2) How often should I water it?

    3) How much light does it need?

    It has been a few days and the leaves are still hanging and limp. :-(

    I've searched online but haven't been able to find anything useful when I look up Acacia. Most sites refer to Bonsai plants and I can't find any pictures.

    Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide. The links below will show you some pictures of the plant that I just took.


    Last edited: Feb 2, 2008

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