It’s been an impromptu gardening week over here – beginning with the How to Pot Succulents post, and then the Battling Japanese Beetles post, it seems like I had a theme going and didn’t even plan it! So, it seems fitting to round it all out with a super quick post about repotting a Shamrock. Do you ever pick up plants (especially at the grocery store) that are so cute at first but they begin to lose their cuteness over time at home? I know this happens to me all the time, especially since I’m a random waterer… (although I am determined to get better!) and so often plants end up looking like this (if I’m lucky)…
Look at all those sad little brown leaves… poor little Shamrock! I finally took pity on this little guy and freed it from it’s plastic cage, put it in a pot where it would have some room to stretch its legs (or roots), and will have a chance to truly shine – if I can just remember to water it!
When taking a plant out of its small plastic container, it’s so important to pull the roots apart a bit. So often they can get what is called “root bound” and you need to break that up so the roots will realize they have room to stretch and expand. It will make the plant so much happier and healthier!
If you have a shamrock that is starting to lose a bit of it’s perkiness over these summer months – don’t lose heart and throw it out. The shamrock (or Oxalis as it is also known) will often experience a period of dormancy, which can last anywhere from a few weeks to as long as three months. So if you are watering your shamrock regularly and you notice the leaves are dying back and new shoots aren’t appearing, don’t fear! It just wants to take a nap, so it’s best to just tuck into a darker corner of your home and periodically give it some water (but not too much) and let it rest up. Before you know it, it will be back, better than ever!
If you’ve had experience with a shamrock going dormant and then coming back, please share any tips and advice in the comments below. I know I’d love to hear about them and I bet some other readers would value your advice too!
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