last update: 2007-06-24

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The following points should be considered:

water the mimosa should always be kept slight moistly, but one shouldn't water to much otherwise the mimosa absorbs the water until she topples down.
light the mimosa prefers a bright location, but strong direct solar irradiation should be avoided, especially with young plants
temperature not very demanding, prefers room temperature, sensitive to frost!
fertilization the plant likes fertilization at regular intervals (weekly), but it isn't absolutely necessary. When fertilizing, one should use fertilizer for foliage plants, for example half the recommended volume. Seedlings shouldn't be fertilized.
miscellaneous the location should be warm, bright and first of all calm. Draft or frequent vibrations have to be avoided, because this can cause the collapse of the leaves. Each collapse means for the plant a great loss of energy by what the plant becomes weak. After buying a mimosa one should repot it. It is also recommendable to inspect the underside of the pot at regular intervals whether roots come out. This is a sign, that the plant needs a new repoting.

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mimosa can be seized with several parasites:

acarines one can detect them in spraying smoothly water over the plant, in this way the fine fibres made by the acarines become visible. It is better to produce an atomized spray above the plant which then covers the plant than to directly spray water on the plant. When directly spraying there is the danger of removing the acarines with the water so that no affection is visible.
There are several possibilities to antagonize the acarines. One can collect them by hand. To get rid of a lot of acarines, one can swill the leaves with water. After doing this, one should treat the plant with anti-acarine sprays. This treatment should be repeated several times, because it is very difficult to get rid of the eggs. It is also important to have a look at the surrounding of the plant. Very often the acarines are not only situated on the plant but also on the window or the windowsill. When only the acarines on the plant are removed, they can come back easily.
The risk for an affection with acarines is greatest in winter, because they prefer warm and waterless air.
cochineal they live in cotton-like material. One can remove them with cotton buds drenched in alcohol

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