How to grow Oxalis versicolor

Oxalis versicolor growing herbaceous geophyte of the genus Oxalis also known as Candy cane oxalis or Candy cane sorrel, Oxalis versicolor perennial summer or winter deciduous plant depend the hardiness zone, used as ornamental plant for the flowers, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 6-10a with right care in hardiness zone 10b.

Leaves color green in in linear shape.

Oxalis versicolor flower

Flower color white but under the petals and when the flower almost open there is pattern of red and white remind like a candy, with 5 petal the petals emerged together in the base of the flower, the size of the flower 2-3 cm, the flowers grow on cluster.

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Requirements for Oxalis versicolor growing and care:

Cool weather, well-drained soil

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

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier to start from bulbs

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Invasive, contain oxalic acid

Planting season:
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 6-10a, autumn to winter in hardiness zone 10b

How to plant:
Planting dig hole bigger than deep as the current root ball plus extra 90-200% bigger the plant small the percentage, put in the hole organic matter, hummus and dried leaves and mix it with some soil, put the plant and loos little bit the root ball above the hole, plant and cover it and don’t push the soil too much strong but not too much lightly because the plant might fall into the hole with the watering, after this put mulch to keep moist on soil, put water, for the next two weeks put every day (better in the morning), bulbs need to plant 2-5cm deep (1-2 inches).

Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew, fungal

Pruning season:
Spring / Summer

How to prune Candy cane sorrel:
For design

Size of the plant:
20-35 cm, 8-14 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

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, start with pot size that will be 3-6 liter (0.8-1.6 gallons), every time that plant arrive to full capacity need to switch to bigger until arrives to desirable size, better to use this method because the soil lose the viability over time and it’s efficient of care for the tree, when the plant big need to switch part of the soil, drainage it’s important and need to make holes

Blooming information Candy cane oxalis

Bloom season:
Summer to autumn in hardiness zone 6-10a or winter to spring in hardiness zone 10b

General information about the flower
White flowers but under the petals and when the flower almost open there is pattern of 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

Growing oxalis versicolor from seeds

Scientific name:

Oxalis versicolor

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