Robinias are popular deciduous shade trees. Some varieties are grafted and grown into a lollipop shape (called ‘Mop Top’ robinias), have bright yellow foliage during the warmer months (Golden robinias) or white or purple flowers. Growing from 2 – 12 m tall depending on the variety robinias make an attractive backyard or street tree or smaller varieties can be grown in a container.


How to grow robinia in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed. If the soil is heavy or clay-based, add gypsum and fork in well.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down.  
  4. Form a raised or doughnut-shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  5. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions while the new tree establishes.
  7. Feed in spring and autumn with Yates Thrive All Purpose Granular Plant Food. TIP: For an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.
     
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How to grow robinia in a pot

  1. Pick a variety that can be grown in a pot, like 'Lace Lady' or 'Bellas Gold Mop Top'. Choose a pot at least 600mm wide and deep. Position in full sun.
  2. Fill pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  5. Feed in spring and autumn with Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food. TIP: For an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Prune trees to shape and size.

  • Some robinias are grafted onto rootstock that produces suckers. To try and minimise suckering, avoid digging in the root zone and if suckers appear cut them off below ground level.


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Recommended products

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.

Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food

A liquid plant food suitable for most types of plants and provides balanced feeding to promote stronger, healthier growth and greener foliage. Feeds through the leaves and roots for fast results.