Houseplants forum→Mimosa pudica seedlings- NOW WHAT?!

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Name: Bria
Northern VA (Zone 7a)
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Bschmuck
Oct 15, 2021 8:56 AM CST
Hi friends, I have been growing Mimosa pudica seedlings for several weeks and they're all too big to fit in my only space for lights. I've potted them up once to 2, 3 or 4 inch plastic grower pots. They were under lights for 15 hrs a day and have needed super frequent watering. I cut back the lights to 12 hrs.

What do I do now? The point was to grow them as houseplants. Is it time to just take them out and put them in a bright window? Repot again? Should I put a few of them together to make a fuller plant?

Thanks for your input!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 15, 2021 2:30 PM CST
I grew one once. It was pretty cool, callapsing when touched and fluffy pink flowers (although I wasn't as excited about the prickles). When it got to about 5 ft wide, I decided I wasn't as fond of it anymore and tossed it. And I only had one pot with probably 3 plants in it. Yes, I did prune but that seemed to make it grow more enthusiastically.

Cutting down the light hours will actually make it grow leggier (read bigger). To keep it more compact, lots of bright light and don't up-pot. More root space = more roots= bigger plant.
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purpleinopp
Oct 16, 2021 1:11 PM CST
Congrats on your sprouts!

It sounds like Daisy's plant proves this plant is not a true annual.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 16, 2021 2:58 PM CST
I think the DataBase has that part wrong. Smiling
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Humboldt
Oct 16, 2021 10:28 PM CST
Not super familiar with them but congratulations on the seedlings!

Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
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Oct 16, 2021 10:36 PM CST
If you have room for a 5 foot, pink-flowering bush, pot-'em up and stick them near a very bright window. They should grow outside there in the summer, so could be a 'summer outside, winter inside' kind of plant. Any extras you don't want can be "gifted" to friends and family. Hilarious!
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Humboldt
Oct 16, 2021 10:37 PM CST
Haven't checked and am winging it, but they look like they're fond of moisture.

Every time you re-pot them you're stressing them out but those look great.

Root density will help them support whatever the leaves are processing, so I wouldn't re-pot unless they need it.

Otherwise, I'd go the window and combined/fuller plant options, see what works.
Name: Bria
Northern VA (Zone 7a)
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Bschmuck
Oct 17, 2021 6:42 AM CST
Thanks guys!

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