Time for Oxalis

In honor of her Irish roots, my dear friend, Judy, grows Oxalis or Shamrock Plant as a houseplant year round.

She has a great spot for it on a table next to a window covered with shears – so they get filtered sunlight.

Her tips and tricks for Oxalis include the following:

1.  Give them lots of light so they bloom well.  Scraggly-looking Ox are telling you they need more light.

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2. Don’t overwater them – but don’t let the soil dry up.

I had great luck for years putting mine in a terrarium. And, for something different this year, try the purple ox.

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3. Try the leaves in a salad. The leaves have a slight acidic taste and they can act as a vinegar substitute.

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And, here’s a fun fact for your budding little botanists: The leaflets fold in half and cluster together at night to sleep.

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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