Oxalis plant

Oxalis

What is Oxalis Plant?

Oxalis, also known as Wood sorrels, is a large genus of the flowering plants in the wood-sorrel family occurring throughout most of the world, particularly abundant in Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa. Some species are renowned as yellow sorrels or pink sorrels while some are known as false shamrocks and some sour glasses but for the whole genus as a whole, species are called oxalises. They have an acidic taste.

oxalis triangularis
oxalis triangularis

The flowers have five petals with a variation of colors like white to pink, red or yellow while the fruit is a small capsule containing several seeds. Likewise, the roots are often tuberous and succulent, and several species reproduce by the production of bulbils.

How to grow Oxalis in the garden?

Oxalis plants can be grown in both outdoor beds and pots, barrels, tubs, and urns. To grow oxalis in outdoor beds, first, you need to find a location where the soil drains well as the oxalis bulbs cannot survive in soggy soil or standing water. It can grow in light shade, but it will produce more flowers in stronger light that is why; you need to place the plant in such a location where it will be able to receive maximum sun.

  • Dig a little hole and plant the bulbs 1 or ½ inches deep with 3 or 4 inches apart.
  • After plantation, you need to water the plant properly.
  • Foliage will begin to appear in just a few weeks and after six to eight weeks flowers.
  • After blooming has finished for the season, you need to leave the foliage for the further gathering of sunlight, and the creation of food and nutrients through photosynthesis to strengthen the oxalis bulbs for the future.

Here is a video how to grow Oxalis

How to grow Oxalis in a flowering pot?

  • To grow oxalis in either pot, barrels, tubs, and urns, first, you need to fill your containers with good quality, well-drained soil with adequate drainage holes as the bulbs cannot survive in soggy soil or standing water.
  • Then put the container or pot in a sunny location where they get full day sun. It can grow in light shade, but it will produce more flowers in a stronger light. You can plant few bulbs for indoor enjoyment in the windowsills as well because they add attraction to your home.
  • For indoor growing and windowsill decorations as a houseplant, you can plant oxalis regnelli, the classic shamrock plant, or oxalis triangularis. The half-day sun is sufficient for these plants. Oxalis triangularis will grow taller than that of regnelli.
  • Dig a little hole with a garden scoop and planting the bulbs 1 or ½ inches deep with 3 or 4 inches apart. For 8 inches pots, you need to plant six bulbs; for 10 inches pot -10 plants, and 8 inches pots, you can plant six bulbs only.
  • After planting the bulbs, you need to water the plants regularly.
  • Foliage will begin to appear in just a few weeks and flowers in six to eight weeks.
  • After blooming has finished for the season, you need to leave the foliage for the further gathering of sunlight, and the creation of food and nutrients through photosynthesis to strengthen the oxalis bulbs for the future.

How to take care of Oxalis Plant?

  • Use the right proportions of sunlight and water as you have to place the plant in full-day sun and you cannot excessively water the plant.
  • It is essential to drain the water from the bottom of the pot after watering because too much water or poor drainage can cause root rot.
  • You can use liquid fertilizers to maintain the health of the plant.
  • When foliage looks withered or begins to die, you can remove the dead leaves.

Oxalis plant

Why you should have Oxalis in your garden?

There are various uses and health benefits of oxalis like the reduction of inflammation, swelling, stoppage of bleeding, improves skin health and relieving pain. Likewise, this plant treats constipation and urinary system, and the juice made from oxalis mixed with wine helps to treat stranguries.

Along with this, powered oxalis mixed with wine on an empty stomach help to treat red and white vaginal discharge. Oxalis corniculata is considered to have sour, cold, and nontoxic properties that help to treat liver, lung, and bladder meridians, and a decoction of it can be taken to treat prolapse of the uterus after birth.

The possible Hazards of Oxalis

It has a very bitter taste. If you consumed or ingested large quantities, it might be poisonous to both animals and humans.

Where can I buy the Oxalis Plant or bulb?

Oxalis plants are available in your local nurseries as well as you can contact your local florist. You can also find Oxalis plant’s bulb for sale in various online stores like Amazon or Etsy.

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