The Q&A Archives: Limp Shamrock Leaves

Question: I have had my shamrock plant for about one year and it has grown well. Lately though the leaves have become weak and slightly limp. The plant itself is still growing and producing flowers. The leaves are also spotty. Can you help? Thank you
Sheila Hall

Answer: Spotted leaves might indicate a pest is present. I've had trouble with aphids on my shamrocks in the past. In fact, one infestation was so bad that I just pulled off all the leaves and blossoms, and repotted the little bulbs in fresh soil. The plants quickly regrew, and the aphids were gone. Red spider mites are also fond of shamrocks. I suggest repotting -- the plants should put on new growth immediately, and be in good shape for St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy!

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