Shamrock Plants – Luck’o the Irish!
This post is dedicated to the lucky Shamrock Plant! The official plant of St. Patrick’s Day!
Let’s start with its scientific name, Oxalis regnellii. These plants are part of the wood sorrel family, Oxalis, and you can even see other cultivars in the wild that are hardy in MN. For example, Oxalis stricta (Yellow Wood Sorrel) is a native wildflower. They look very similar to Trifolium repens L., the White Clover, which is the true shamrock plant. White Clover is a beneficial pollinator plant and soil nitrogen fixing plant, as well as ornamental interest with its cute blooms.
The ornamental Shamrock Plant you see blooming in late winter in garden centers is known as the false shamrock because of the similarities of the three heart-shaped leaflets of clover, it’s tiny colorful blooms, and it being a perfect plant for St. Patrick’s Day!
Oxalis typically grow to around 6″ tall and can grow quickly. The leaves will open and close according to the light throughout the day, called nyctinastic movement. The leaf colors vary between cultivars and typically the burgundy and green varieties are seen in garden centers.
Another plant you will see often is Oxalis tetraphylla, the Iron Cross (Good Luck Plant). These plants have four leaflets, that are green with a dark purple blotch at the center. When you can’t find a four-leaf clover in the wild, just get yourself a whole plant with four leaflets!
How to Grow Oxalis
The Oxalis plant grows from rhizomes ( like a bulb ) in the soil. A big difference between these and other houseplants is that it can go dormant in the summer. Other ways that may promote dormancy is if the soil is dried out too many times, the inside temperature gets too cold, or it doesn’t receive enough sunlight. We will cover dormant care after the basic care of oxalis.
After you pick out your Shamrock Plant and bring it home, put it in bright indirect light. It can take full bright light during the winter months in the morning. The bright light will promote more blooms. Speaking of blooms, these plants are known to bloom on and off all winter and one of the easiest plants to bloom! Too dark and your plant may not bloom. It may also go into dormancy.
The soil of your plant should be lightly moist at all times. You can let the top of the soil dry before watering. Frequency will depend on the humidity of your home, size of the plant, and container it’s in. If you let it go completely dry multiple times it may signal to the plant that it needs to go into dormancy. If you water it again after it goes completely dry and the foliage keeps dying back, let it go into dormancy to avoid rotting the rhizomes.
As stated above, your plant may go into dormancy and is likely at some point during its life. If the rhizomes are not soft and squishy, an indication of over-watering, your plant is just taking a rest. Dormancy can last a few weeks to a few months depending on the environment and variety.
Clean up the dried up foliage and stop watering and put the pot in a cool dark place. The plant will naturally want to come out of dormancy when it’s ready. If it’s been dormant all summer or for a few months, you can bring it out to the light, give it a little water and it should promote new growth! Some people have been successful by letting it go dormant only a few weeks and then bringing it back out to the bright light.
Be sure the soil doesn’t get soggy before the foliage starts popping out because it could rot the rhizomes. You should start seeing new foliage in no time with the sunlight and light watering!
Now that you know more about the Shamrock Plant we hope you give it a try! It’s a fun plant to gift for a little luck during the late winter and for St. Patrick’s Day!
Spruce Top Style Ideas
Styling a spruce top container can be a lot of fun but sometimes daunting if there are so many options! That’s why we put together three styles for you! Add or take away what you want or grab the whole decoration bundle while in the store when you are getting your evergreens!
Without any further delay, here are the three easy styles!
Woodsy Winter Neutrals
Greens: Spruce, Pine, Cedar, and Berried Juniper
Recommended add-ins: Magnolia or Eucalyptus Leaves, Variegated Oregonia bundle, Dried Hydrangea Flowers
Red Twig Dogwood
White-tipped Pine Cones
Buffalo Check Ribbon
Greens: Spruce tops, Cedar, Pine
Recommended add-ons: Broom Bloom ( Neutral or Red), Red Ornaments
Metallic Green Berries
Frosted and Silvery Evergreen Foliage
Greens: Norway Pine, White Pine, Shore Pine, Cedar
Recommended add-ins: Short spruce tops if you want height, metallic globes, glitter pine cones, or glitter vines.
10 Gifts under $20
It’s hard to know what exactly someone wants but here are 10 gift ideas that won’t break the bank and your plant loving friends and family may enjoy!
If none of these seem to tickle your fancy and you KNOW a friend/family member would like gardening supplies, plants, floral arrangements, body care, and more…purchase a gift card! Go ahead, promote their plant obsession!
Watch the Miracle Melting Snowman in time lapse to see one of our gift suggestions in action!
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2. Mixed Succulent Containers! $19.99 We have succulents that you can purchase individually but why not buy a container with multiple varieties in it already potted for you! Succulents are extremely easy to care for and they are the gateway plants for the new plant parent to dip into houseplants and caring for them.
3. Self-watering pot! $12.99 This adorable pot is a gift for those who have a hard time remembering towater their plants. Also a great gift for the frequent traveler that needs their plants watered up to 3 weeks at a time. How does it work?? You fill up the pot with a few inches of water. The water is held in the reservoir and absorbed into the soil as needed.
4. Poinsettia! $14.99 Poinsettias’ colorful foliage is a symbol of Christmas and the Holidays. These plants can continue to live passed the joyful get-togethers with family and be a staple houseplant you can have all year-round. These beauts are sensitive to the cold air, like us, so make sure they don’t sit in a cold drafty area.
5. Kitchen Towels! $9.99 These caught our eye because at Drummers we are plant AND animal lovers! With a variety of funny dog images these kitchen towels are great host gift. There are also some with detailed garden illustrations that can be a charming gift that will help with the clean-up.
6. Metal Vintage Style Pitcher! $12.99 There are many different ways you can use this rustic container and that’s the best part of it! From holding your flower cuttings throughout the summer, fresh or dried, to using it as an outdoor planter. It can also stand alone as an addition to your simple vintage decorations.
Body Care Items
8. Rain Gauges! $19.99 We chose this as an item because it’s nice to know how much you get in your own yard. This could save a gardener money on water costs and make sure they don’t overwater plants that are sensitive to overly wet soil. We also have thermometers for those who like to keep track of the exact temperatures around their home.
9. Yard flags! $12.99-$14.99 Yard flags are the greeting card of the home. The ink on these yard flags are specifically designed to be resistant to fading and wear. We have flags for all seasons and styles!
10. Miracle Melting Snowman! $14.99 A funny gift to give to kids…or adults. I’ve created a few snowmans myself and came back to just a puddle of eyes, arms, nose, hat, scarf, and belt. Sculpt em’ how you want! Watch how it works with the video link right before this gallery.