Planting Your Oxalis
The oxalis family is large and varied. Subspecies triangularis, deppei and versicolour are all exceptionally simple to plant and grow and are low maintenance once established. They all follow the same basic planting and care (or lack thereof!).
Incredibly long lived, oxalis often become 'heirloom plants' that are passed down from generation to generation within a family. We often hear customers’ stories of the plants becoming a cherished family tradition. One told us they were enjoying the same bulbs as their great, great-grandmother who harvested them as a child 107 years ago! Oxalis are exceptionally simple to plant and grow, they are frequently given as gifts. Let the gift recipient know that these plants have the potential to become treasured, living family heirlooms that can last for generations with little care.
Planting in pots
You can propagate all members of the genus from seed, and for the numerous perennial varieties, you have the additional option of digging up and dividing the rhizomes in the spring. Most oxalis species have bulbous roots rather than rhizomes, making propagation as simple as separating the bulbil offsets and replanting them for an exact replica of the parent plant.
It's true, Oxalis are slighlty poisonous to pets. Although it has a helpful magic trick by making the leaves taste awful due to the high oxalic acid content. A little nibble of this plant and most pets won't be back for a second helping. You can therefore certainly grow them in homes with pets so please don't let that put you off.
Pests & Diseases
Common diseases that attack this plant include fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew and rust. Remove any signs of infection as soon as it appears and scale back watering for a few weeks. This will begin to send the plant into dormancy thus reducing the chances of disease spreading throughout the plant. Once the plant starts to wilt slightly, start watering again and it will bounce back quickly.