How to grow Oxalis

Oxalis growing herbaceous geophyte of the genus Oxalis also known as Shamrock plant or Wood sorrel, Oxalis perennial summer deciduous or annual plant, it is edible plant but mostly used as ornamental plant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, subtropical, desert or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 3+.

Leaves color can be purple or green in obcordate (heart shape) to triangular, leaves grow in group of the 3 heat shape connected in the base of the heart and create radial shape, leaves and stems edible in some varieties.

Oxalis flower

Flower color yellow, purple, pink, orange, white or red and white, the flowers have 5 petal the petals emerged together in the base of the flower, the size of the flower 1-4 cm, the flowers grow on cluster.

Tubers edible in some varieties (Oxalis tuberosa) and more, the tuber small and color pink to white.

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How to grow Oxalis growing and care:

Well-drained soil, some varieties need cool weather

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Bulb/ Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Invasive, contain oxalic acid

Recommended planting season?
Autumn, winter, spring

Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew, fungal

Pruning season:
Spring / Summer

How to prune a Oxalis:
For design

Size of the plant?
5-30 cm, 2-12 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes (not all the varieties)

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Autumn / Winter / Spring

General information about the flower
Yellow, purple, pink, orange, white or red and white with 5 petals the petals emerged together in the base of the flower, the size of the flower 2-4 cm, the flowers grow on cluster

Scientific Oxalis: Oxalis

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