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.
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.
3. Try the leaves in a salad. The leaves have a slight acidic taste and they can act as a vinegar substitute.
And, here’s a fun fact for your budding little botanists: The leaflets fold in half and cluster together at night to sleep.