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Discussion in 'Conversations Forum' started by The Hollyberry Lady, Jun 14, 2009.
ANY PHOTO if that little monster ?
Speaking of photos Beth...
You've got me so excited that I rushed downstairs to collect my little Shamrock plant from out of the cold sunporch. They must be cold hardy little guys, eh Beth? I mean the thing germinated in the cold and is now growing like crazy!!!
Although a bit disgruntled from it's new transplant and shower, here it is...
Vic, next time I see one and have my camera handy, I'll take a pic with a quarter in it for scale. They're amazingly destructive for such small plants.
Sherry, most Oxalis are actually frost-resistant. They do better in temperate zones than they do in tropical ones; here, I tend to see them all over the place in the highlands, and very rarely in the amazon or coast.
Makes total sense as to why it was doing so well in the cool foyer. Hope it will be ok in my warm apartment...
I've got it on a cool window sill. Now that you've shared such great things about it with me, I am possesive of it, and want it for myself!!! So cool that it came mysteriously out of nowhere.
Oxalis comes mysteriously out of nowhere in my plant pots too, if it's any consolation. Mystere y boule de gomme!
This is a first for me, but I really like it. We'll see how it likes it in my warm apartment. If not I can pop it back into the cold sunporch. I just wanted to watch it, up close and personal. It's so pretty.
Thanks for all the information you shared, Beth. I'll post more shots later as it grows. Pretty busy these days - as I'm sure you are too.
It will likely love your apartment as well. Oxalis is a hardy and adaptable plant - as long as you take care of it (which of course you will) it will continue to thrive for you for years and years. The one pot Mom had was nearly 50 years old before we moved (couldn't take Mama Oxalis with us, so we divided her and gave her to friends) and the only real maintenance we ever did was to remove dead leaves and flower stalks, and about every 5 years we divided the corms to keep her from getting potbound.
Now of course, we curse Oxalis as it invades everything. I still think they're pretty, though.
Wow - the more I hear, the more I love it!
I will be sure to enjoy it in a pot and not in the garden though, if it invades everything. Plants that are invasive are best enjoyed and controlled in containers anyway.
I can't wait to see how this will turn out...
It wouldn't be invasive for you - the winter would keep it in check. Here, though, it does get everywhere. I've just returned from planting my garlics in the front garden, and you wouldn't believe how much O. tuberosum I pulled out. If it would just stay in its plots, I'd be much happier to grow large quantities of it (the tubers are quite tasty) but the fact that it's jumped across the house from the backyard and is now crowding my fruit trees makes me less than pleased with it.
A loonie here lives in psychiatric care homes/hospitals.
But Oxalis I do like.
Cool, about winter keeping it in check. How will it grow here in summer too, Beth? I'd like some in the garden as well...
Will it produce seed or better propagated from cutting?
Thanks again, Beth!
Ah, to Sherry and I, and all other Canadians, a Loonie is a one-dollar coin, so called for the loon or loons (a Canadian bird) on the tail side. It's about the same size as a pound sterling coin, but perhaps only half as thick. In a stroke of blinding Canadian ingenuity, the $2 coin, which features polar bears, is called a Toonie, or by the rude among us, the Queen's Bear Backside.
Sherry, it will both self-seed vigorously when allowed to bloom, and propagate itself by corm ofshoots. I've never tried it by cuttings, but I suspect it wouldn't work since the main storage center of the plant is the corms. I've only ever propagated by corms; I've never had to seed it. Mama Oxalis used to live on the balcony over the summers in Edmonton, which she loved. We kept finding babies in the rock garden below the balcony, which is evidence of vigorous self-seeding activity.
Yeah. My design for the toonie was in the final round; I was all for calling the coin a Doubloon.
Too funny, Beth!!!
And in all seriousness, best of luck with your Oxalis! They're charming pests (oops, I meant pets.)
What are you not telling me?!!
Go ahead then, burst my bubble!!
What are you leaving out, Beth? Cough it up...
Are you implying that I am growing a weed?!!
"Now of course, we curse Oxalis as it invades everything. I still think they're pretty, though. "
You were right the first time PESTS.. :)
I will never put it in the garden, but will enjoy it in pots. Hate invasive plants in the garden...like mint.
Oh no I can kill mint stone dead if it is not watered, Oxalis has it's own inbuilt water root. At least the ones here do...
Glorious 25C sunny blue skies. So what do you think the bird song might be to accompany this beautiful day? The howl of whipper snippers and mowers. They must be all getting ready for Australia day tomorrow. We have had a fair bit of rain in the last couple of months and it is really nice and green. Hope the machine blows up it's spoiling my Beethoven piano concerto I am using to drown it out.
Sherry, I'm not implying it. I told you right off the bat that it's a weed.
And I quote:
Did you have to say it again, Beth?!!
Anyway, here's a befitting quote...
"A weed is just a misplaced plant"
If someone around here asks what it is, they'll be informed that it's a shamrock plant - not a weed!!!
LOL! I believe I may have previously mentioned that I cultivate dandilions....
Oh yes...and you find them cheerful too!!!
As much as I hate to admit it, I guess they are sort of cheerful...
but only on someone else' property!
Sherry, have you ever visited the Arctic circle? Dandilions are little spots of colour in an otherwise sort of lichenesque landscape. Dang straight they're cheery.