Mimosa Pudica - touch me not - sensitive plant (pic)

frank325April 19, 2009

Anyone grown this before? I sowed 9 seeds one week ago as I had read that germination rates weren't fantastic. Well, after 4 days I saw green in two cups. Now there are 5. I put more than one per container thinking I wouldn't get this many, but now some have 2 sprouts. Will this make things difficult for when they need to move to a larger pot? I imagine I should not touch them at this point and leave them be?

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larry_b(Zone5/CO)

Hi Frank,

Mimosa pudica is really fun to grow. Don't worry about growing more than one per pot. I usually put 3 or 4 per pot when I grow them. They do just fine.

Larry

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 1:46AM
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hort_lvr_4life

One hint: do *not* let them dry out at any given point because they're not forgiving plants especially when they're seedlings. I am about to try for my third time, but this time it's for my kids so I can't fail again. The seedlings look great! They'll probably grow well together even though you have two to a pot. If you don't feel confident you can carefully separate them when you transplant.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 1:25PM
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birdsnblooms

Frank, yes, let them be..they're still without true leaves.
Another hint. If you place outdoors in summer, which Mimosa enjoy, set up high. Rabbits love this plant.
I once sowed seed, by summer, transplanted into an 8" pot. The plant was so happy, outside..that is until Bugs Bunny came by and ate it up..I saw nibbles before, which should have alerted me something was at it..I assumed insects..
Some daring rabbit/s came by, knocked the entire pot over, and ate it down to the soil. lol..
But for now, don't repot..keep in bright light. Toni

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 2:34PM
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frank325

Thanks all! Right now they are under lights, but I wasn't sure how close I should put them to the 2 40 watt tubes I have. They're probably about 8-9" away... too far?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 4:45PM
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larry_b(Zone5/CO)

Frank,

Hort is right. Mimosa pudica is very unforgiving to being dried out. I wick water mine for that reason.

Larry

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 5:42PM
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larry_b(Zone5/CO)

Nine inches is probably ok until you get a couple of sets of leaves. I would try to get them accustomed to full sun as soon as possible before they start to run.

Larry

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 5:45PM
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hort_lvr_4life

Larry,

What kind of medium would be best for me to attempt Mimosa Pudica again? I am considering a seedling mix with perlite added.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 5:59PM
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frank325

Larry, would moving them closer be beneficial then?

Hort, just as an FYI, in my pic above I'm using a mix of perlite and coarse vermiculite.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 8:07PM
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amccour

I heard they need the soil innoculated with some kind of, uh, nitrogen fixing bacteria if you want any sort of long term vitality.

Would this also be a requirement for Delonix regia, I'm wondering?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 9:51AM
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hort_lvr_4life

Or you could use urea free fertilizer I think. Then, the N won't need fixing.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 3:37PM
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larry_b(Zone5/CO)

Hi,

Yes, a usea free fertilizer is good enough.

For wicking I would use the same medium that I wick my violets in. 1:1:1 of sphagnum(not peat moss!), vermiculite and perlite.

Larry

    Bookmark   April 25, 2009 at 7:56PM
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paul_(z5 MI)

Been keeping my eyes open for seeds at the BBS but haven't seen any in a while. Don't feel like paying much for the seeds. Used to have this one in my classroom.

Frank, when I did have them, I always had several in a pot -- made for a fuller looking plant. They really don't get all that bushy -- at least not IME. As hort mentioned, they do not take to 'droughts' well, so try to keep them lightly moist.

Seeds can remain dormant and viable for years, so don't be surprised if somewhere down the line you see new sprouts in your pots even after the first sprouts have gotten 'large'/

    Bookmark   May 2, 2009 at 6:07PM
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tessa2007

I planted 4-5 seeds each in 6 jiffy pellets 1.5 weeks ago and have got close to 100% germination rate, so am now wondering what to do w/ all of them. I do agree with Paul - the seeds do sprout at different times. I got some sprouting within 3 days, and some sprouting 4-5 days after that. I'd give it some time (you might have already seen the rest of the sprouts by now). Good luck!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2009 at 10:44AM
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larry_b(Zone5/CO)

Tessa,

If you would like to do nothing, that's ok. Four or five plants in one pot will look nice, especially when the plants get a little bigger. One Mimosa pudica in one pot doesn't look that good as the plant gets larger.

Larry

    Bookmark   May 8, 2009 at 5:37PM
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frank325

Hey all, thought I'd post an update.

My mimosa's were doing pretty well, but then got to a point in the summer where they just didn't look too hot. Some leaves were yellowing, but they're still going, and today just bloomed. It hasn't grown very tall up to this point... maybe 4-5" or so. There are 4 plants in one pot.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 7:26PM
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paul_(z5 MI)

That's about it for the height, Frank, as I recall. It has more of a mat-forming growth pattern.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2009 at 10:08AM
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frank325

Yes, the branches do grow out quite a bit. It's unfortunate these unique blooms only last for a day!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2009 at 10:44PM
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urmymom

Do these produce seeds. If so how and when do I get them

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 7:52AM
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frank325

No idea -- i bought my seeds online for just a couple bucks.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2009 at 9:16PM
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terpguy(7)

Been enjoying this thread! *sigh* One of these days I'll have a job to be able to buy plants again (as if 20+ orchids, Asp. plumosus, Ming aralias, Dizygotheca, stephanotis, plus assorted sux simply aren't enough!) Mimosa is on the short list of plants to be acquired when the time comes :(

    Bookmark   August 13, 2009 at 6:20PM
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frank325

Mine is starting to look, well, not so good. I don't know if they tend to go downhill after blooming, or if that's just a coincidence, but it's looking pretty raggedy. It was an interesting plant to grow merely for the "sensitivity"... that's about it.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2009 at 6:18AM
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tropichris

I do not 'tickle' mine. I just let them be as is. Touching them drasitcally reduces their life span. I grow mine in ordinary potting soil, outside in the summer, in morning sun but shaded during the rest of the day. The only problem is that the wind frequently closes the leaves, I may put a 'tent' up around it so it doesnt close so frequently.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2009 at 4:12PM
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flowerfairygarden

Hi, I just got my first mimosa plant as a gift and I didn't know anything about taking care of mimosas. Thank you for all of your wonderful advice. I think you saved my plant's life!

Leila

    Bookmark   April 1, 2011 at 11:59PM
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Skippo14_hotmail_com

I bought my sensitive plants 2 days ago. When I set them by the window they get some sunlight, but I'm worried they aren't getting enough. Their leaves have small yellow spots and some small leaves are dying. I put them outside and they looked fine. But, I don't want to always carry the pot outside for direct sunlight. Would they be ok just in the house? Is the yellowing of the leaves just temporary?

    Bookmark   June 19, 2011 at 5:39PM
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