Allison's Easy Shamrock Houseplants (oxalis)

I LOVE MY SHAMROCKS

 

Years ago I noticed these in a friends house. They sat in a windowsill and reached out toward the sunlight all day long.

 Late afternoon direct sunlight out on our deck. 

Late afternoon direct sunlight out on our deck. 

When she told me that they were shamrocks I started watching for them. The next year when st. Patrick's Day arrived, stores began carrying them. Yes!

 In a north facing window mixed with succulents. 

In a north facing window mixed with succulents. 

Most people have experienced these as outdoor plants (oxalis) in the higher numbered zones but it has over the last 10 years become my favorite house plant. I have divided them and bought more and now have about 12 pots scattered throughout the house. 

 On our dining room table and filtered southern sunlight

On our dining room table and filtered southern sunlight

I'd buy them in green or purple. They seem to be the most successful at growing indoors. Other varieties are less so.   

Care

Find a sunny window to place them in. Whenever they start to fade or turn brown, gently pull them from the soil. The tuber will send out a new one right away. Don't be concerned when in the evening they close up. It's their natural habit. They will spring open again in the morning. 

Water at least once a week. They prefer to drain. If they are bone dry they will droop to let you know.

It's crazy how fast they grow! 

 See the brown on the end of that leaf on the right? Yank that whole stem.  

See the brown on the end of that leaf on the right? Yank that whole stem.  

By Allison Barnard ACC, CPC

Allison Barnard is a Certified Wellness Coach ( ICF), Interior Design Consultant, and owner of Larkspur Wellness.  She offers women's retreats, virtual interior design sessions, contract and contract-free coaching sessions, and online courses.  She regularly contributes to Larkspur's blog and resides in Bend, OR.