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Janejira Montatong
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Hi guys, does anybody wants to grow some sensitive plant? It is everywhere in Thailand and we consider it as a weed hahaha, trying to get rid of it. Don't think that it is easily just pulling the root off, I've tried that and it come back very quickly after a few weeks. Finally I think I will just keep them growing for the kids experiment but do a little trimming so they won't grow too fast.
Here is how the kids learn from this weeds >> https://youtu.be/suuIhAKkMyc. I think it is only sensitive with a gentle touch or vibration but it it also sensitive with heat as you can see from the video. Does anybody knows if it is also sensitive to other Stimuli?

 
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From the title this olant is mimosa pudica which after looking into it is a nitrogen fixing legume. I recognized the resemblance between the video and my own mimosa tree, Albizia julibrissin.
Similarly the tree closes its leaves at night, but the rapid movement of pudica is very interesting. Amazing stuff. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Thank you for stop by my post, how sensitive plant reacts to the stimulus is very interesting, I actually want to keep it for the kids to learn and play. But it is just growing too fast, do you know how to control it?
 
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Since it is nitrogen fixing, i would do the usual chop and drop, maybe even turning under and then plant something more desirable,that likes nitrogen and that is also aggressive. I am not in the tropics so i do not really know how aggressive this plant is, but i bet there are a bunch of other things that could get going quickly and outcompete this ground cover.
 
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