Sensitive plant

Did you know? In Latin ‘pudica’ means ‘shy’. Cute, is’nt it?
Common name : Sensitive plant
Scientific name : Mimosa pudica
Family : Mimosaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Evergreen
Evergreen
Cold-sensitive
Cold-sensitive
Pruning needed
Pruning needed
Indoor
Indoor
Small pots
Small pots
Mimosa pudica - the sensitive plant - is a creeping annual or perennial flowering plant of the pea family Fabaceaee, native to South and Central America. It is well-known for the way its compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken as if defending itself from harm, and re-open a few minutes later.

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Caracteristics

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Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 10a
Height 40 - 90
pH 6 - 7

Identify my sensitive plant

Mimosa pudica, the shy plant, is a short-lived perennial or a tropical annual native to America, evergreen and bushy. Its leaves measure less than 10 cm, and are divided into four leaflets themselves cut into ten to twenty-five pairs of "segments". The entire leaf folds at the slightest touch. The flowers are spherical, reminding the shape of the dandelion flower, they usually appear in summer, and are lilac or pink in color.

Plant my sensitive plant

Tropical plant, your mimosa will fare well around 20 ° C in a mix of potting soil and earth, inside. Put sand in the bottom of the pot to facilitate drainage. The mimosa likes full light, but beware of the direct sun inside: too close to a window the glass magnifying effect can burn the leaves. Shy mimosa likes air moisture, do not put it in a draft or in a dry room.

Water my sensitive plant

In season, water once or twice a week. In autumn and winter, the plant is at rest, so wait until the soil dries before watering again, every 8 to 12 days.

Take care of my sensitive plant

In dry weather, spray your plant with water not too hard, clean the dust on the leaves: it will be all the more beautiful!

Fertilize my sensitive plant

In summer, pour every 2 weeks a liquid fertilizer for green plants - or a good compost juice diluted to 1/10 if you have some! A slow-release fertilizer is possible ... Stop every fertilizing in the fall, and until the end of the following spring.

Check on my sensitive plant

Watch for red spiders on the leaves; they hate being cleaned with clear water ;-)

Propagate my sensitive plant

The touch me not plant lives shortly, so by the end of the summer remember to harvest seeds if you want to reseed!

Sow my sensitive plant

In the spring, sow in a box filled with fine soil, between 18 and 24 ° C, and don't bury the seeds too much. Water every day the first few weeks.

Repot my sensitive plant

One to two weeks after sowing, transplant the seedlings that have already formed two "real" leaves - not counting the first cotyledons - in a temporary pot spacing them by a few centimeters. Water well. 6 to 8 weeks after first transplanting, individually pack the most beautiful plants in a pot of at least one liter.

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