Back in October I wrote a blog post on oxalis dormancy care, as for many, the process of plants going into hibernation for the winter can be quite alarming if you are unprepared or unaware (as I was a few years ago!). I wanted to follow up this post  with a quick visual update on how things are looking with Spring just around the corner. There is a full care guide over in the previous post, so for more detailed information have a read HERE

At this stage, I like to dig up the tubers, wash them and replant in fresh compost, as mine is quite a mature plant now, I like to do this annually, though it’s not essential. With the plant having died right back, I removed the dried stems and emptied the pot out into a bag. DSC_0274

February 2019

The photograph above shows how things look today compared to when I carried out this process last year:

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The tuberous rhizomes have developed since last year, by comparing the photos I love how we can see the growth of the taproots in particular, their distinctive shapes make it easy to identify them. I like to do this mainly because I like to be nosy and see what’s been going on under the surface of the compost since last year!


Hope you liked seeing a close up of these weird and wonderful parts of plants we sometimes take for granted. When I first posted a photo of these tubers on my Instagram stories, I had quite a few messages of people saying they thought they looked like shrimp! As always I will share the process of my oxalis waking up from dormancy over on my Instagram, but for now, here’s a photo of it in all it’s glory last year:

Summer 2018 – I’m looking forward to it looking like this again!

Thanks for reading,

Laura 🌿


Posted by:Laura / House Plant House

5 replies on “Oxalis triangularis gets ready for Spring

  1. Oxalis still rubs me the wrong way. One is a very nasty weed, and others are somewhat weedy. This one happens to be quite manageable. It escapes occasionally, but does not get too far. For potted palms, it covers the ground rather nicely, at least untill the palm roots take over.

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    1. I agree Tony! I prefer these kept in pots, as they can look quite messy when left to take over in the garden. In pots they can look like quite nice for a splash of purple!

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      1. Oh, I did not mean to imply that this one (Oxalis triangularis) is weedy. I just dislike oxalis because of Oxalis stricta. It moved into my garden many years ago. As I was getting rid of the first few to arrive, my neighbor asked me to leave them because she liked the yellow flowers. Now they are all over the neighborhood, and so-called ‘gardeners’ do nothing about them.

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