The Q&A Archives: Sick Shamrock?

Question: I bought a beautiful shamrock plant for St. Patrick's and though it would last a very long time. Since my friend said she has had her shamrock for years. But all of a sudden my plant got limp and has all but died. I haven't watered it differently- so not sure how to save it.
Can you help?

Answer: Shamrock or oxalis plants are grown from bulbs and the bulbs have a natural cycle of growth alternating with a period of dormancy. Sometimes the cycle becomes skewed when they are grown as houseplants. I suspect your plant is in the process of going dormant. First the foliage dies back and then the bulb rests. After sufficient resting, the bulb sends out new foliage. During the dormant phase, reduce watering so that the soil is barely moist and set the pot in a cool (not freezing) place until they sprout again. Then move them back to their bright spot near a window.

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