How to Care for Sensitive Plants (Mimosa Pudica)

How to Care for Sensitive Plants (Mimosa Pudica)

Posted by Scott Sharkey on Jan 9th 2024

Sensitive plants (Mimosa Pudica) are a really unique species of creeping shrubs that get their name from their rapid leaf movement when touched.

The leafs quickly close up to protect itself from predators and will resume back to the original open state in a few minutes.

Sensitive plants are native to Central and South America, but make an interesting and easy to care for house plant.

Here are some great care tips for taking care of your sensitive plant:

  • LIGHT: The sensitive plant will do best in bright, direct sunlight. Give it as much light as possible, such as from a south facing window.
  • SOIL: If you transplant your sensitive plant to a larger container, use a well-draining, loamy soil. The roots will rot out if the soil is too compact.

  • WATER: Keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy. Sensitive plants do not like to be over-watered.

  • TEMPERATURE: Sensitive plants like an average room temperature, about 65 to 75 degrees.

  • HUMIDITY: Sensitive plants require a high amount of humidity, like a steamy bathroom. So place it near a humidifier or frequently mist your plant.

  • FERTILIZING: Our Beat Your Neighbor fertilizer can be used to feed your sensitive plant about once a month.
  • PROPAGATION: Sensitive plants can be propagated by stem cuttings. To do this, take a cutting and place the stem into a container of moist soil. Be sure to keep the soil moist and in approximately two weeks, roots should start in the soil. Also, be sure to keep the new plant in a bright, sunny location.

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