"Daddy, come quick, my plant just moved when I tickled it," daughter Rebecca screamed to her father, Larry Chipkin. Thus began the success of the TickleMe Plant seeds that Chipkin now sells.
What's a TickleMe Plant? Native to Brazil, TickleMe Plants can be found growing wild there and in other tropical areas. The scientific name for the TickleMe Plant is Mimosa pudica. It also has been called shy plant or shy grass, sensitive plant and other names throughout the world. "We simply planted the seeds in a flower pot of soil, watered it and the plants sprouted in days," he says. "Two weeks later, we tickled this sensitive plant and watched in amazement as the plant closed its leaves and lowered its branches. Then, within 15 minutes it lifted its fernlike branches and opened its leaves. A packet of seeds is about $5.95, growing kits are available. Visit www.ticklemeplant.com or call 845-350-4800.