How to Propagate Mimosa Pudica

Overview

Mimosa pudica is a flowering plant with wispy leaves and soft pink flowers. The plant is native to Brazil. A notable characteristic of the plant is that its leaves fold when they are touched. The mimosa pudica is a strong, hardy plant that is naturally resistant to pests and diseases.

Step 1

Fill a flower pot with a mix of peat and perlite, combined at a ratio of 1:1. Pour water over the mixture, and allow the excess to drain away.

Step 2

Place mimosa pudica seeds atop the moist peat and perlite mixture. Gently cover the seeds with more moist peat and perlite.

Step 3

Cover the flower pot with plastic wrap. Hold the plastic wrap in place with a rubber band. Mimosa pudica seeds require a great deal of moisture in order to germinate, and this tent provides the moisture they need.

Step 4

Place the container on a windowsill that gets at least 8 hours of indirect sunlight each day. If you don't have such a window, place the container under a fluorescent light source. Leave the container under your light source of choice until the seedlings are approximately 2 inches tall.

Step 5

Remove seedlings from the peat/perlite mixture, and repot each one in a separate flower pot filled with high-quality potting soil. Water immediately to help the plant settle and allow the trapped oxygen bubbles to work their way out of the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening shears or scissors
  • Peat
  • Perlite
  • Plastic wrap
  • Flower pot with a drainage hole
  • Rubber band
  • Well-draining potting soil

References

  • PlantCare.com: Mimosa Pudica
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About this Author

Cyn Vela is a freelance writer and professional blogger. Her work has been published on dozens of websites, as well as in local print publications. Vela's articles usually focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, parenting, gardening, and health and wellness. She studied English literature at Del Mar College, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.