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Mimosa pudica is a creeping annual or perennial herb of the pea family Fabaceae often grown for its curiosity value: the compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken, defending themselves from harm, and re-open a few minutes later.
Common name: Sensitive Plant, Touch-me-not Color: pink Bloom time: Mid summer Height: 15-50 cm Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care Place 2 or 3 seeds in 7cm (3”) pots of seed compost, giving enough water to make the mixture barely moist. Cover the pot with clear plastic wrap. Place the pots in bright light at a temperature of 18 to 21°C (65 to 70°F). Water enough to keep soil from drying out completely.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: 65 to 70°F
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Sensitive plant should be planted in well-draining loamy soil enhanced with peat moss to improve drainage.
Water regularly to keep the soil moist, but not water logged.
The plant is susceptible to root rot in compacted or overly wet soils.
Growth can be enhanced with a high-potassium liquid fertilizer diluted to about half strength with water, applied to the soil every two weeks during the growing season.
Always water first before fertilizing to avoid burning the roots.
Seeds may also be placed in hot water and soaked overnight.
Place seeds in a moist soil medium, cover with a light sprinkle of soil and place in a warm, bright location.
Seeds generally take about a week to germinate, according to Guide to Houseplants.
Special Feature: Sensitive plant is a popular houseplant due to its remarkable leaves, which curl into themselves when touched. The plant is considered invasive in tropical climates. Use Medicinal use:
burning sensation, asthma, leucoderma, fatigue and blood diseases
Note: for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.