Kids love touching sensitive plants (Mimosa pudica) and watching them droop and fold their leaves, only to slowly perk up again. Kids will also appreciate the fact that they're easy to care for.
Sensitive plant seeds are small, about 2 mm across, with hard shells. They should be soaked in warm water and left overnight. Choose seeds that have swollen for planting.
Use a good indoor potting soil and moisten the soil slightly before planting seeds. Cover seeds two to three times their thickness with soil. Water lightly but don't allow the soil to dry out during germination, which should occur within two to three weeks.
Once plants have germinated and have three to four sets of leaves, they may be transplanted to a larger pot. Be careful not to disturb sensitive plant roots when transplanting them. Keep moist and do not allow the soil to dry out.
Keep adult sensitive plants in full sun to partial shade. If an area is too hot for them, you'll see them droop and close their leaves. Try a spot with good sun but some shade. Sensitive plants do not like to be over-watered.
Sensitive plant seeds and plant parts are considered toxic. Keep them away from pets and small children.
- University of Miami, Florida: Sensitive Plants
- Plant of the Week: Mimosa Pudica
- UCC Biology: The Sensitive Plant
- U.S. Forest Service: Mimosa Pudica
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