Mimosa: Greenhouse Plants
T – tropical, minimum of 18°C (65°F)
For those who think I am about to launch into a description of florists’ ‘mimosa’ then please turn to Acacia. Mimosa pudica is the Sensitive Plant grown for the amusement of touching the leaves and seeing them close up and the stems bow down to the ground; perhaps also for the pretty round pink flower heads produced towards the end of summer. High temperatures are not required for germinating the seed. I have germinated a batch in July without any artificial heat at all. However, to get better plants it is best to sow them early in the year at 18-21°C (65-70°F). Plants should be grown on as warm and humid as possible so that by the end of summer large flowering plants can be had. I plant three small plants to a pot in peat-basedto produce a good potful.
They are usually treated asbut can be pruned hard almost to the base after which they will sprout again, but they never make as good a plant. These are great favourites with children.