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Asked by
kidsgardener on
July 5, 2011

Q. Fun Plants to Grow

Why does the TickleMe plant move when tickled? What causes the leaves of the TickleMe plant (Mimosa pudica) to close and the branches to droop down?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 5, 2011
Certified Expert
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No one really knows exactly why the TickleMe plant moves, including scientists. However, it is thought to move in response to being tickled (or touched) due to the loss of turgor pressure, which is the force of the water and plant cell contents in the plant. This pressure gives the plant the ability to stand up straight without wilting. When a leaf is tickled, chemicals in the plant cause water to move out of some of the plant's cells. When water moves out of some of the cells, this reduces the turgor pressure and causes the leaflets and stalks to wilt. Some scientists believe these movements may be a form of protection from animals that attempt to eat it.

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Asked by
plantastic on
March 31, 2013

Q. When Is the Best Time to Grow a TickleMe Plant?

I want to grow that crazy fun house plant called the TickleMe Plant that moves and closes its leaves when Tickled. Is there a best time to grow it?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
March 31, 2013
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Asked by
rdevnath on
November 2, 2016

Q. Touch me not plant/tickle plant

Where in South Africa can I obtain this plant?

regards

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 3, 2016
Certified Expert
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I would check your local garden centers or greenhouses.
You can also do a Google search for plants.
Ebay is often a good source for unusual plants.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/children/tickle-me-plants.htm

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