Tickle Me Plant

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When I first saw the Tickle Me Plant I knew my children would love it.  I knew they would love it because it moves when tickled but I knew I would love it because it teaches the children to be responsible. My children planted the Tickle Me Plant and kept checking like every half hour and I had to explain to them that it takes time for something to grow. They still didn’t get it right away but after a day of constantly checking they finally got it. The tickle me plant actually closes it’s leaves when tickled. My children love to touch it and watch it react to them as they touch it. The Tickle Me Plant also closes up at night and goes to sleep. I, myself, got tickled at that. No flowers has grown on ours yet but hopefully they will.

 

You may wonder, like I did, on why the Tickle Me Plant moves when you tickle it. Here is the answer I got from their site.

Tickle Me Plants move when they are tickled. When tickled, their leaflets fold together quickly and the stalk on which these leaflets are located often droop down. The closing of leaflets and lowering of the stalks can occur like a wave, with one stalk drooping down onto another, causing the entire Tickle Me Plant to fold down. The Tickle Me Plant moves in response to being tickled because of the loss of turgor pressure in the leaflets. Turgor pressure is the force of the water and plant cell contents against the wall of cell in the plant.. This turgor pressure gives the plant the ability to stand up straight without wilting. When a leaf is tickled, chemicals in the plant cause water to move out of some of the plant’s cells. When water moves out of some of the cells, this reduces the turgor pressure in the cells and causes the leaflets and stalks to wilt. Some scientists think the Tickle Me Plant’s movements may be a way that the plant protects itself from animals that attempt to eat it. When the Tickle Me Plant moves, this may scare the animals, causing the animals to move on to a less active plant. No one knows for sure why the Tickle Me Plant moves. Share your own ideas, with others as to why the Tickle Me Plant moves.

 

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