Plant Care Little Tree Plant

Little Tree Plant

5.0 out of 5 (2 experiences)

Little Tree Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Little Tree Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

Also known as

Sensitive Plant


Biophytum sensitivum

How to care for Little Tree Plant


How often to water your Little Tree Plant

Water needs for Little Tree Plant
0.5 cups
every 7

Little Tree Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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Calculate water needs of Little Tree Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Little Tree Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Little Tree Plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Little Tree Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Little Tree Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Little Tree Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Little Tree Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Little Tree Plant

Little Tree Plant

Little Tree Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Little Tree Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Little Tree Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Little Tree Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@foliagegirl avatar
leaf-1 163 Plants
xp 26,672 XP
globe Geelong, Victoria

This uncommon plant is one of my favourites. It loves humidity and to remain in a constantly moist medium. The leaves fold down when touched and they also fold their branches after the sun goes down as if it's going to sleep. After each flower blooms, it produces many tiny seeds, which you can collect before the plant *flings* them everywhere. Gotta be gentle doing it, otherwise they pop out like popcorn as you do it, but if you lose a few, it's ok because they produce heaps!

To germinate the seeds, keep them in a warm, moist environment and after a few weeks, you will see them sprout!

Something to keep in mind is this is an annual plant and it will spontaneously die at some point, so don't stress if this suddenly seems to happen. It's lucky the seeds are easy to germinate for this reason!

Another thing to keep in mind is this is *not* the mimosa pudica, which also has leaves that respond to touch and is a more invasive weed than the biophytum sensitivum.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Simonestroud avatar
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 849 XP

This plant looks like a mini palm tree. She is a sensitive little thing and will fold her leaves down when you touch her. She is a humidity lover but is considered a weed in her natural habitat so not as hard to grow as you might think.

Fast grower Fast grower

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