Indoor plants

Mimosa pudica

What is mimosa pudica and when to irrigate

Mimosa pudica is the only species of this genus that is grown indoors. Although related to the common mimosa, highly regarded for its sweetly scented yellow flowers, this variety is a very different type of plant. The Mimosa that is commonly bought in flower shops, in fact, belongs to a different genus, that of the Acacias. Mimosa pudica, on the other hand, resembles it only in the shape of the leaves and flowers. As for irrigation, you need to wet just enough to moisten the mixture, but allow the top of the soil to dry before watering again. These plants thrive in normal room temperatures all year round. Also, since Mimosa pudica needs a lot of moisture, it is advisable to place the pots on layers of damp gravel. Plants cannot tolerate stale air and suffer in rooms where there is persistence of smoke.

Characteristics of the mimosa pudica

As a house plant, Mimosa pudica is prized for its feathery leaves and soft, round flowers, but also for the fascinating reaction of the leaves when touched. If you handle a leaf, even delicately, it folds back on itself and the petiole reacts by bending down and taking the folded blade with it. Sometimes a chain reaction starts and many leaves fall on each other, causing the apparent collapse of an entire section of the foliage. This is only a temporary reaction and after a short time (usually after half an hour) the plant recovers completely. However, some experts suggest not to touch Mimosa pudica too often: some specimens could be affected. This bushy plant reaches 50 cm in height and its highly branched stems are covered with thin thorns and white fluff. The leaves, light green with petioles up to 10 cm long, are divided into several sections, each of which is further subdivided into many small leaflets. From mid-spring to early autumn, clusters of 5 to 8 pink-mauve flowers appear.

The ideal soil and ways of fertilizing the psychic

Specimens of Mimosa pudica must grow with exposure to bright light. In order for them to flower successfully, they need at least three to four hours a day of direct sunlight throughout the summer months. As for fertilization, a high-potassium liquid fertilizer is administered every two weeks during the vegetative phase. In this way the development of the specimen is favored. Although it is better to treat Mimosa pudica as a plant to be kept for a single season, the species requires several repotting. Common universal potting soil is used and each plant is transplanted into a slightly larger pot as soon as the roots appear from the drainage hole at the bottom of the previous container.

Mimosa pudica: Diseases and cures

Mimosa pudica can be grown for a few years in a row if the environmental conditions are appropriate. However, plants tend to get ugly as they age and for this reason more experienced growers prefer to discard all specimens when they have finished flowering at the end of a single season. Mimosa pudica is generally purchased in early spring and can be kept until mid-autumn. It is not a rustic plant and in our country it is grown only at home: in fact, during the winter the temperature must be at least 15 ° C to avoid damage to the specimen. If the leaves start to turn yellow, it means that Mimosa pudica is suffering from the cold. From May, in the central-southern regions, it is possible to place the specimen outdoors.

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