One of the easiest-to-care-for plants I have in the garden window is the Shamrock (Oxalis). My dad gave me the original plant over 20 years ago. My shamrock is actually part of that original plant.
My garden window provides the perfect conditions for the Shamrock – she prefers a cooler location (between 50F and 75F) and indirect light. Truly all she needs is water when she’s dry. I pinch out the spent flowers at the base of the stem. Simple care.
A few weeks ago, I was trying to make some room in the window for my first set of seedling pansies, and noticed my Shamrock was looking a bit scant. I hadn’t repotted her in a few years, so I decided to take a look at her roots and see what she might be trying to tell me.
The Shamrock plant grows from small bulbs. I knocked the soil away from the bulbs, kept the ones that were healthy (pink) and tossed the old dead ones. I freshened the soil and dressed her roots in a new ceramic pot.
Shamrocks tend to like cramped living conditions, so I did not increase the size of the pot. Add some water, replace her in the garden window.
And look who decided to make a grand appearance – just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!