Sunday, July 13, 2008

My Shamrock Plant

I have never been able to keep houseplants alive for very long. I had given up on trying for a few years when I decided I wanted to have a Shamrock plant, also known as Iron Cross, or Oxalis. Some people call it a good luck plant, but shamrocks only have three leaves and is simply a symbol of Ireland. It's the four-leaf clover that is known for giving good luck, if you're superstitious.

I bought it before St Patrick's Day and divided it in half to share it with my friend Bonnie. It looked pretty bad for a long time but I kept it moist, misted, fertilized and in front of the window (indirect light). It not only perked up, but about the time that my houseplants usually start dying, it THRIVED. It's practically a small bush.

Hmmm, I wonder if it's really a weed, now those I can't seem to kill.


Cherdecor said...

I am finally getting back. Did I tell you that I am getting forgetful? I was feeling pretty bad about my forgetfulness until our Sunday school teacher who is much younger than we are told about forgetting so many things. It does serve me well sometimes. The other day I was mad at someone and now I can't remember what I was mad about! (smiles)

Your plant looks very pretty and it looks like it is thriving in the place you have been keeping it. I have never had a shamrock so I would be no help in giving advice or tips on growing them. It looks like you are doing very well with them.

Anonymous said...

It looks great! You seem to be doing a great job with my green beans and peppers, too. I guess it's a good thing they aren't house plants. :)