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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Nov 29, 2014 2:58 PM CST
I am so excited! Have finally got Candycane Oxalis bulbs that not only sprouted and grew for me, for the first time ever! But today I have blooms! One that is almost open, one fully budded and one tiny bud!!!! Now I have no idea what I did to get this far except to plant and keep moist. I will say though, that these were the best looking bulbs I ever received. I bought these off eBay, before I had bought from mail order nurseries and I could barely see the bulbs. These were much larger and nicer.

I took it outside to take the picture, they were not coming out good inside. But it's windy today and I could not keep the buds still when trying to photograph, so not the greatest shots, but you can see the sweet candy stripe color!

My question is, how do I take care of my plant now?? It has got cold outside and I have had to bring inside. I have it in a plastic self watering pot. How can I keep this beauty blooming? How much light does it want?? I just love it. There are 5 little bulbs in my pot. Will they multiply?? Are they hardy outdoors in the ground in zone 7??
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 29, 2014 3:48 PM CST
Donna, I'm watching this thread so I can also learn how to care for this plant.
I tried it once and it died, I would love to try it again if I find out how to properly care for it.
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Nov 29, 2014 3:57 PM CST
Oh, you found it! Wow! I'm so glad you did! It's not very big or bushy, but it is so pretty! And I got my bulbs off eBay.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 29, 2014 5:16 PM CST
@Calif_Sue
Sue, do you know some one here at ATP that can help us with finding information on growing this plant?
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Nov 29, 2014 5:22 PM CST

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I just Googled and this was the first site listed with care info:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/candy-can...

and another first hand experience:
http://www.growingwithplants.com/2010/12/candy-cane-oxalis.h...

Just remember that they are a South African bulb so no summer water, as indicated in both these links.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 29, 2014 5:49 PM CST
Thank you Sue. Lots of helpful information. I may just give them a try again.
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Nov 29, 2014 5:57 PM CST
Thanks Sue! I will ck these sites out!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
Cottage Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Birds
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Calif_Sue
Nov 29, 2014 6:00 PM CST

Plants Admin

Those blooms are so cute!! Lovey dubby
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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Nov 29, 2014 6:16 PM CST
Thank you! Oh Sue, those sites were both great! Thanks! I copied both articles and saved them. I'm hoping my 5 bulbs turn into hundreds like the article says!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 29, 2014 6:18 PM CST
Good luck Donna. Hurray!
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Nov 29, 2014 7:10 PM CST
Thank you, thank you!!!!!
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