Monday, March 9, 2009
Oxalis, Green Shamrock
I bought this Shamrock plant last year after St. Patrick's Day and got a great deal. I knew I never was able to keep one for long, but for that price, I could afford to gamble. Well, here it is -- a year later. It is still thriving and blooms regularly.
What did I do that was different from the past? I watered it! I let it tell me when it needs watering instead of trying to keep a routine. As soon as it wilts, I give it a drink. Within hours it has perked right up and looks healthy and green.
I've read how oxalis needs light moisture, light but not direct sun, and a dry resting period for a few months in the dark. I didn't follow any of that advice. (That could have been why I failed before!) Maybe this variety (oxalis regnellii) of the shamrock plant just didn't seem to be that fussy -- there are over 30 varieties. I do know that it is a bulb and can be grown outdoors here, but must be taken up in the fall. It's really a lot easier to grow it as a container plant.
Well, the joke is on me, because any time I had a shamrock plant that died, I threw it out. I guess they weren't dead at all but just going into their hibernation mode. Hmmm, maybe I should have read a few of those plants books I have that are collecting dust on the shelves. Ya think? Sometimes you just think you know it all and then you find out you're still a babe in the woods! Next maybe I figure out how to find that pot of gold!
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