Oxalis (Shamrock)

Oxalis a.k.a Shamrocks

I enjoy curling up on the couch, reading a book and escaping into the story. When it’s time to put the book down and come back to the real world, it is nice to look around and see something living and growing in my surroundings. I love being surrounded by plants, and I’m surprised so many people seem afraid of houseplants or afraid of taking care of them.

Do not fear. Here are two easy-to-care-for beautiful houseplants: oxalis and cyclamen.

Oxalis a.k.a Shamrocks

The oxalis is a little green plant better known as a shamrock. Shamrocks and oxalis plants are easily grown as houseplants, and later, you can plant them outside. They enjoy bright indirect sunlight and a thorough watering. You can tell if the soil is dry by either feeling the soil or by picking up the pot (if the pot is much lighter than it was when you watered it, then it’s dry). They don’t like it hot and stuffy, so keep them away from heat sources. Do not let them freeze. If you have them for more than a month, you can start a program of low-dose fertilizer in the water by following the directions on the package. When it is time to plant outside, you can transplant the cyclamen and oxalis into a shady location. If they’re properly cared for, your plant may reward you with some new delicate blooms.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

The cyclamen has beautifully marbled, heart-shaped leaves with pretty pink, white or violet butterfly-like blossoms. This plant has a sweet delicate scent, inviting you in to take a deep invigorating whiff. Caring for the cyclamen is simple. Just keep the soil fairly moist, but not standing in water. Remove old leaves and blossoms. Provide bright, indirect light.

Want more houseplants? Read “Five Houseplants to Chase Away Winter Blues and Purify Your Air” and “Beautiful, Easy-Care Houseplants: Tillandsias.

Ask your local florist about their beautiful houseplant varieties.

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