ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Grow a TickleMe Plant

Updated on January 26, 2016
Source

Mimosa Pudica

TickleMe is a trademarked name for a plant that is marketed as a fun project for children. They are kits that include everything you need to grow several TickleMe's in a set of 6 pots. What makes this plant so interesting is that the fern-like leaves move when you touch or ‘tickle’ them. Of course, you don’t need to buy this particular brand to grow it in your home because it is available from other seed companies and nurseries. It is also commonly known as the shy and sensitive plant, and is scientifically known as Mimosa pudica. The best part is that you don’t need to be a kid to grow and appreciate these exotic beauties.

Tickleme Commercial

Interesting Facts

The average height of Mimosa pudica when it is fully-grown is about 18 inches tall and will spread just as wide. It is fern-like in appearance but is actually part of the legume family of plants. It grows puffball flowers that are pink or purple and then produces seedpods that you can harvest to grow more plants.

I don't recommend growing Mimosa pudica in your yard or garden because it is an invasive plant. It self seeds and will quickly spread where it isn't wanted or needed. The best practice is to keep it indoors as a houseplant where it is more easily controlled.

How to Plant Mimosa Pudica Seeds

If you decide to purchase the brand name TickleMe plant then follow the directions that are included with your kit. For general information on generic seeds go through the following steps.

  • Prepare the seeds by soaking them in a glass of warm water overnight. This is a simple way of germinating or preparing the seeds to grow. Remove them from the water and place them on a paper towel while you get the pot ready to receive them.
  • Use a 5-inch pot that has drain holes in the bottom. Make a mixture in a large bucket of equal parts sterile potting soil, perlite and peat moss. Fill the pot with the dirt mixture and then pour water over it until the water drains out of the bottom. Use a tray to catch the extra water and dump it out. Sprinkle your Mimosa seeds on the surface of the dirt, but don’t add too many or they will be overcrowded. Four or five seeds should be enough.
  • Cover the seeds with a 1/8-inch layer of your potting mix – in other words not too deep because germinating seeds need some light to grow. Put the pot inside of a clear plastic bag and use an elastic band to seal it or just tie it loosely in a single knot. Keep the pot out of direct sunshine but in a bright area. This is like a mini green house for seeds that will keep the humidity high for them.
  • After you see the seedlings emerge take off the plastic bag. Keep the soil moist all the time until the plants are strong and well established.


Share Time

Do You Have a Mimosa Pudica?

See results

After Care of TickleMe Plant

Water your Mimosa when you see that the surface layer of soil is dried out. Give it a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer twice per month during the growing season and discontinue for the winter months. You can separate the seedlings when they are about 8 inches tall so that they each have their own pot to avoid over crowding. You can also keep several together for a more bushy and lush appearance. Re-pot your plant to a larger pot using fresh all purpose potting soil every other year until it reaches its maximum height.

This plant grows thorns so be careful when you play with it.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • LadyLola profile imageAUTHOR

      Lanie Robinson 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Plantastic for visiting my Hub. I'm glad that you found it useful.

    • LadyLola profile imageAUTHOR

      Lanie Robinson 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I'm glad to hear that your kids are enjoying this fun project. I like it because they can learn while they have fun. Thank you for visiting my hub.

    • Plantastic profile image

      Plantastic 

      6 years ago

      Wow !

      My kids love the TickleMe Plant. It is more like a pet then a plant to them. I visited the website www.ticklemeplant.com and ordered the TickleMe Plant Book . They also had a cute cartoon that my kids love. Great find.!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)