Mimosa pudica is a small, delicate-looking plant with pretty, pink flowers. The leaves of the plant are sensitive to touch and will fold up when touched, giving the plant its common name, ‘touch-me-not’. The plant is native to Central and South America but can now be found in many tropical and subtropical countries. Mimosa pudica is often grown as a houseplant or in gardens as an ornamental plant.
Pudica grows best in sandy, well-drained soil.
Water pudica regularly, especially during the warmer months. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering.
Feed pudica with a general-purpose fertiliser every few weeks during the growing season.
Pudica doesn’t require much pruning, but you can trim back the stems if they become leggy.
Mimosa pudica can be propagated from seed or from stem cuttings.
Sow Mimosa pudica seeds in spring. Sow the seeds on the surface of a well-drained seed-raising mix and keep the mix moist. The seeds should germinate within 2-3 weeks.
Take stem cuttings in spring or summer. Cut a 4-6 inch (10-15 cm) piece of stem from a healthy plant and remove the leaves
Mimosa pudica is a tropical plant and so it does not tolerate cold weather. In cooler climates, the plant can be grown as a houseplant.