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How to prune a Mimosa pudica

Updated February 21, 2017

The Mimosa pudica is also known as the sensitive plant. When its leaves are touched they close, thus giving it its name. Since Mimosa pudica is native to tropical areas it can be grown as a houseplant throughout much of the UK. Mimosa pudica is a perennial, although it is so sensitive to cold is it usually grown as an annual. Cut back the leaves of your Mimosa pudica if they get too long.

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  1. Cut off any dead foliage from the crown of the Mimosa pudica as it occurs.

  2. Prune any damaged or diseased foliage from the Mimosa pudica at the crown of the plant as it occurs.

  3. Cut back any foliage that grows too long for your taste. Cut off the foliage at the crown of the plant.

  4. Deadhead any spent flowers as they appear. Cut them off of the Mimosa pudica with scissors.

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Things You'll Need

  • Scissors

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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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