Touch Me Not Seeds 10
Sensitive Plant (Mimosa Pudica) - Start Mimosa Pudica seeds to grow this unique plant that will capture your attention and entertain you! This tropical plant responds to physical touch with seismonastic movements, and at night, the leaves will also fold and bend in movements known as nyctonastic movements that are a reaction to the darkness. At night, the leaves assume a folded or sleeping posture. When the plant is touched or in response to applying heat, the leaves can move very rapidly, and the plant can snap its leaves shut. 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.
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.
A prickly, long-lived (perennial), herbaceous plant or small shrub with a creeping (prostrate or decumbent) or sprawling habit. It usually only grows 15-50 cm tall, but can reach up to 1 m or more in height when supported by other vegetation.
Mimosa pudica is not the only member of the legume plant family (Leguminosae) to move in response to stimuli. More species of Mimosa show sensitivity to touch, known as seismonasty. Other legumes, for example some members of the genera Neptunia, Acacia, Albizia and Samanea, respond to a lesser degree by showing 'sleep movements' (nyctinasty) in their natural habitats (Barneby 1991). This involves the closing up of the leaves a few hours before dusk, and the re-opening of the leaves a few hours before dawn. It is thought that these 'sleep movements' aid water conservation as well as defence against herbivory.
Sensitive plant is an annual or long-lived (perennial) that normally grows to 50-70 cm tall (but can be up to 1 m tall), and often takes the form of a straggling prickly sub-shrub (Burkill 1995). Its stems have sparse prickles, 2-2.5 mm long, or are sometimes bristly, or can also be almost hairless. The leaves are alternate, twice-compound (bipinnate), do not have prickles and are very sensitive to touch. The rachis (axis of the compound leaf) is 1.5-5.5 cm long, and the pinnae (primary divisions of the compound leaf) are subdigitate (almost finger-like projections). There are 10-26 pairs of leaflets (the smallest segments of the leaf) per pinna, which are 6-15 x 1.2-3 mm and linear-oblong.
The flowers are lilac or pink (the colour mainly the stamen filaments) and are held in ovoid, stalked heads of 1-1.3 x 0.6-1 cm. A cluster of 1-5 flower-heads is borne in the leaf axil. The calyx is minute, about 0.2 mm long. The corolla is 2-2.3 mm long, and contains four stamens. The pods are 1.8 cm x 3-5 mm, densely bristly, clustered, and have prickles along their margins.
Height: 12 inches
Bloom Season: Mid summer
Bloom Color: Pink
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Rich, moist soil, pH 6.6 - 7.5
Temperature: 65 - 70F
Average Germ Time: 5 - 10 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Plant the seeds 1/8 th inch deep
Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 15 inches