Oxalis is the professional name for the lucky shamrock. It’s also called sorrel and is a fantastic potted plant and low maintenance outdoor one too. Although it has Irish fables associated with it, a bog is not the right environment for the shamrock plant. Oxalis likes moisture but needs well drained soil. It can be cold sensitive and also goes through a dormancy period. Since it’s a bulb plant, you can force dormancy and store the bulbs for future use.
- Oxalis is sensitive to climate, and will enter dormancy in later summer in warmer climates and are unlikely to survive frosty weather.
- The bulbs can be over-watered and will rot in soggy, waterlogged soil.
- Oxalis should be fed regularly with a liquid fertilizer mixed at half strength.
“Oxalis needs a few hours of sunlight every day, but plant in afternoon shade if you live in a hot climate.”