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Indoor Gardening and Houseplants: Mimosa Pudica

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FountainMan
McKinney, TX

August 7, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #9233207

Well after posting a wanted ad for some Mimosa Pudica plants I found some growing on the curb in front of a gas station today in McKinney TX. I love these things they close their leaves when touched. But anyway I've got them soaking in hot water now. I wanted to ask if anyone else has ever tryed to grow plants from the wild? These plants are wild but are commonly grown as house plants. I've had success with common cattails and managed to keep them dwarfed despite their invasive reputation. But Mimosa plants are a bit different. I also know many discourage growing a plant from the wild. So tomarrow morning I'll proceed to sow the seeds as instructions say.


UPDATE I recieved some seeds I ordered on Ebay. Now to make it intresting, I have the wild seeds in one cup of hot water and the shipped seeds in another. Tomarrow I'm going to plant them in pots labeled plant A and plant B so see which germinate faster.

This message was edited Aug 7, 2012 4:08 PM
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2012
4:32 PM

Post #9233468

They need lots and lots of humidity.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 7, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9233492

I question whether the plant you found at the gas station is really Mimosa pudica--it doesn't occur in TX so if this was something that sprouted up on its own (vs being planted on purpose) I suspect it's a weed that has leaves that look similar to Mimosa. If you post a picture of it on the Plant ID forum, someone can probably tell you what it is and whether it's something you want to continue to put effort into caring for.
FountainMan
McKinney, TX

August 7, 2012
6:39 PM

Post #9233590

ecrane3 wrote:I question whether the plant you found at the gas station is really Mimosa pudica--it doesn't occur in TX so if this was something that sprouted up on its own (vs being planted on purpose) I suspect it's a weed that has leaves that look similar to Mimosa. If you post a picture of it on the Plant ID forum, someone can probably tell you what it is and whether it's something you want to continue to put effort into caring for.
I'm thinking it may also be Mimosa nuttallii which is drought tolerant and looks like the Pudica being a close relative of the same family as Mimosa Pudica. And as the Mimosa Pudica the Mimosa nuttallii closes it's leaves when touched.
FountainMan
McKinney, TX

August 7, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9233594

gasrocks wrote:They need lots and lots of humidity.
Already covered. I'm going to be growing it in a floating planter in my pond. There's an unlimited source of water.

FountainMan
McKinney, TX

August 8, 2012
12:26 PM

Post #9234464

Seeds planted. I have the pots labeled "A" and "B". The Wild seeds are in pot "A'' and the seeds I got off of Ebay are in pot "B". When they sprout I'll post pictures.
FountainMan
McKinney, TX

August 10, 2012
7:28 PM

Post #9237300

Day 2 they're already sprouting. Plant "B" Non wild.

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FountainMan
McKinney, TX

August 12, 2012
8:57 AM

Post #9238843

Day 3.

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