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

Taxonomy

Biophytum sensitivum
Biophytum

How to care for Little Tree Plant

Water

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 located in Madison, Wisconsin.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Little Tree Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
7

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Little Tree Plant in Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

36% Very Low

Growing Little Tree Plant in Madison right now

Light needs for plant Little Tree Plant in Madison, Wisconsin

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 5th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Madison is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

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Light needs for plant Little Tree Plant in Madison, Wisconsin

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 30.3% ☀️

December 4th, 2021

Madison is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Madison is expected to decrease by 30.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Little Tree Plant in Madison, Wisconsin

Daylight will decrease by 1.1 hours 📉

December 4th, 2021

This month, Madison is getting an average of 7.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.8 total hours of dayl…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Madison, Wisconsin ⛅.

Nutrients

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.

When to repot Little Tree Plant

Nutrient needs for plant Little Tree Plant in Madison, Wisconsin

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 3rd, 2021

The growing potential in Madison is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to …

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Care Summary for Little Tree Plant

Little Tree Plant

Little Tree Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Madison, Wisconsin, 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
Crazyfoliagegirl avatar
@Crazyfoliagegirl
leaf-1 154 Plants
xp 9,455 XP
08/01/2021

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
@Simonestroud
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 849 XP
05/28/2021

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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