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Sensitive Plant Care

Sensitive Plants are a species of creeping shrub that get their name from their unique leaf movement when touched. They are low-maintenance house plants that have a very fast growth rate and absolutely thrive in indoor or warm outdoor temperatures.

How to care for your Sensitive Plant

Use these instructions to care for a Sensitive Plant. This guide will tell you how to water a Sensitive Plant; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

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Your sensitive plant does best in bright, direct sunlight. Give it as much light as possible, preferably from a south or west window.


Water your sensitive plant when 50% of the soil volume is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.


Sensitive Plants require high humidity to look their best. They will thrive in steamy bathrooms. You can also mist your plant often or add a humidifier nearby.


The sensitive plant prefers an average room temperature between 65-75°F.


Growth of the Sensitive Plant can be enhanced with a high-potassium liquid fertilizer diluted to about half strength with water. Fertilize once a month during the growing season of spring and summer.


The Sensitive Plant is considered toxic to both humans and animals when ingested.


Prune your plant regularly to keep it full and prevent it from becoming leggy. You can prune your plant any time of the year.

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What's a Sensitive Plant?

Botanical Classification: Mimosa pudica


Native to the tropics of Central and South America, the Sensitive Plant is a species of perennial creeping shrub. It is a great houseplant that is easy to care for, requiring lots of light and water without being temperamental. It thrives in warmer, humid temperatures and can grow very quickly. If planted outdoors the Sensitive Plant fern can quickly spread.

The unique thing about the Sensitive Plant is that it has a natural defense mechanism causing it to roll its leaves due to touch, temperature, and motion. The plant tells you when it’s too hot, too cold, or near a disturbing draft.

Its delicate foliage combined with the movement of its leaves makes the Sensitive Plant a very attractive and popular choice amongst indoor plant enthusiasts.

Fun Fact

The Sensitive Plant’s dainty fern-like leaves are made up of matching pairs of oblong-shaped leaflets that have tiny hairs. These hairs are very sensitive to touch, motion, and temperature, and when stimulated, each pair of leaflets close together in a fan-like motion.

Pictured Left: Sensitive Plant

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