Weed Woman to the Rescue

I’ve been trying for years to get these sensitivity plant seeds to grow with no luck whatsoever.  Then my Mom, affectionately known as The Weed Woman, suggested I try putting the seeds in a wet paper towel in a plastic baggie and setting them in the sun for a couple days.  Needless to say, it worked like a charm and I am now the proud mother of several sensitivity plant seedlings (as evidenced below)!

It was a good thing I tried this trick with a bunch of the seeds because about half of them were duds!  This is a good technique to use on old seeds of dubious expiration date.  It’s so disheartening to plant and water and sun your seeds and have nothing pop out of the ground.  This method speeds the sprouting up and eliminates those days of heart wrenching worry.

I’ve now got a new batch of purple beans in my mini-greenhouse.  I secretly think these are magical beans – because they’re purple, the beans are a special glossy red, and the box says they grow really tall.  My suspicions were further confirmed by Weed Woman Herself, who assured me that they turn green when you cook them!  I’ll keep you posted on further magical properties as I discover them…

UPDATE:  It should be known that Weed Woman is an endearing term Mom earned for her extraordinary weed arrangements, which I’m positive are the envy of even Martha Herself.


  1. Carrie · March 30, 2010

    Cute seedlings!!! We actually saw these touch sensitive plants in India in nature– they grow on the ground in the mountain jungles. They’re everywhere.. We ran around touching them. haha. Those red beans look exciting too 🙂

  2. Shira · April 1, 2010

    awesome!! That sounds like fun. It would be nice to eventually have a jungle of sensitivity, though i’ll be happy with a few nice plants.

    On another note, the magical bean seed that I planted LAST NIGHT has already sprouted a 1 inch little plant – amazing!!

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