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    What are the growing conditions of mimosa pudica to be sure that my conditions are the same . My growing conditions are : Temperature : 60 - 100 F , Soil : peat moss with perlite or regular dirt , Water: Tap , Climate : warm temparate , hot summers , chilly winters , Light : full to sunny , Fertiliser : superthrive , acid-loving plants plant food , Area : outdoors . I would like to see your growing conditions .

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    I most climes, M. pudica would do well on a windowsill -- which is what I do. I used to keep them in terraria, but the humidity and temperature are low here only in winter.

    How cold does it get where you live? I doubt M. pudica would appreciate frost. Fatboy would know.

    Hmmm...I wasn't aware that M. pudica was an acid-loving plant...I've been using a combination of the usual Superthrive and a putrid-smelling liquid fish+liquid kelp solution (pudica makes a great "guinea plant!").

    Remember to soak the seeds in hot water overnight before planting. Plant only those that swell.

    I have yet to grow M. pudica in a soil mix for coprophytes, but I may try it soon (in joke).

    M. pudica doesn't like being blasted by wind (or even a fan&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img], so protect it from any strong wind whatsoever if you venture to grow it outside.

    My growing conditions:

    semi-sun, but full sun would be better. I'd provide additional artificial lighting (via fluorescent growlights) if the plants seemed to mind the lower light at all

    watering: I treat it like a particularly tough Fittonia in that I keep the soil moderately moist, avoiding soaking saturation or letting it dry out

    humidity is high, but not as high as in a terrarium

    soil: to germinate, I used a light mix blended for seed-starting, but I repotted into a regular potting soil (not peat-based is my preference)

    to soil, I added a balanced granular slow-release fertilizer in addition to some water-retaining polymer crystals (brandname "SoilMoist")

    the mix is topped with long-fiber sphagnum, which retains even more water, allowing me to forget about the plants for a long period of time [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    fertilizer: v.s.

    temperature: ranges from 55F or so in winter to 100F in summer...a warmer winter temp. and a cooler summer temp. would be better...more like 65F to 80F

    water: distilled or RO--I don't think M. pudica would appreciate tap water
    if you know the T.D.S. level of your tap water, however, I think anywhere below 100 P.P.M. would be OK

    BTW, they are now sent

    Chris Roy
    Eastern Massachusetts, United States

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