Shamrock Plant - Indoors - Knowledgebase Question

Keene, NY
Question by ekoehring
January 16, 2000
The 3 year old Shamrock plant has been up to now very full and thrieving and with flowers and now it is not looking as well. I have fed it but it is drooping and not full. What should I do ?


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Answer from NGA
January 16, 2000

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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 finally 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) dark place until they sprout again. Then move them back to their sunny window.

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