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Mimosa or Sensitive Plant Seeds 6070 (Mimosa pudica). The fern-like leaves of this plant fold up when either blown on or touched then reopen a short time later. If you listen carefully, you will hear a whispering noise accompanying their closing. The flowers, which occur more often with plants grown outdoors in summer are pink or purple fluffy globe shaped balls. Very tender perennial hardy to zone 9, hence it is grown as either an annual outdoors in summer or as a houseplant only venturing outside in the height of summer.

How to Grow

150 seed/gram. Sow seed 3 mm (1/8″) deep in a fine, almost sandy mix. Keep the temperature of the growing medium at 26 C (80 F) for the roughly 15 day germination period. After germination, grow on under under lights at a cooler temperature of 18 C (65 F). Plants do best indoors in a brightly lit spot with lots of indirect sunlight and away from any cool/cold drafts. When grown outdoors, they thrive at temperatures at or above 26 C (80 F) and in high humidity. Fertilize every two weeks through the summer with half strength water soluble fertilizer high in potassium (such as a tomato fertilizer). While there is no doubt that the folding of the leaves is fun to watch, this can actually weaken the plant should it occur too often.

Mimosa seeds

Fill individual 5-inch biodegradable pots with a lightly moistened mixture of half sand and half loam. Sow one seed in each pot at a 1-inch depth. Spread a 1/4-inch-thick layer of sand over the soil.

Set the pots outdoors against a south- or west-facing wall with full sun. Provide 75 F bottom heat with a propagation mat if the weather is cool and light shade at midday if daytime temperatures rise above 90 F.

Carefully monitor the moisture level of the soil. Water to a 2-inch depth whenever the top 1/2 inch of soil dries out. Avoid overwatering or letting the soil dry out completely, which will cause the mimosa seeds to fail.

Sow the Seeds

Put the mimosa seeds in a paper or cloth bag and store them until spring in a cool, dry location. Avoid using a plastic bag as it will trap moisture and cause the seeds to rot.

Watch for germination one to three weeks after sowing. Grow the seedlings under the same conditions as during germination until they reach 3 inches in height and produce several mature leaves.

Monitor the Moisture

Mimosas attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to the landscape, but in some regions, they’re considered to be extremely invasive and difficult to eradicate once established. Before you plant mimosas in your yard, contact your local county extension office to find out if they’re invasive in your area.

Valued for their fragrant pink flowers and airy foliage, mimosas or silk trees (Albizia julibrissin) are a subtropical species of deciduous tree widely grown throughout U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 9. They produce an abundance of long, pealike seed pods year-round, which may be harvested in autumn and used to propagate new trees. Mimosa seeds germinate quickly in warm conditions and will put on approximately 36 inches of growth each year. However, the hulls of the seeds are very hard and must be processed before sowing to ensure successful germination.

Mimosa seeds

How To Grow Mimosa Pudica From Seed: Growing Mimosa Pudica from flower seed is not difficult. It is recommend to soak the seeds 24 hours in water. Press the Mimosa Pudica seeds into the soil and lightly cover with 1/8 inch of soil. Keep the flower seed moist until germination. Covering the pot with clear plastic can help to hold in the moisture, but remove the plastic as soon as there is a sprout.

Mimosa pudica has a wide range of health benefits for issues like parasites, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and diarrhea.

The plant has many other names: Sleeping Grass, Prayer Plant, Humble Plant, and Touch Me Not. The Mimosa Pudica plant makes a nice house plant and can be grown in a bright, sunny window. The Mimosa Pudica Sensitive Plant has pink, silky flower and attractive, bright green leaves.

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