March 9, 2011

Shamrock Plants

Spring is upon us and St. Patrick's Day is coming up shortly. If you need a little touch of green to keep from getting pinched may we suggested getting a Shamrock Plant! They have delicate flowers and leaves and bright and cheery green and live for a long time. There is a blog out there called The Gardener's Rake while reading their tips about growing shamrocks I've learned some valuable information.

First, Shamrocks are in the bulb family which means when they look like they are on the edge of death it's really not the end, just a fast nap for a few weeks before they regenerate themselves. Unlike Tulips or Daffodils which bloom once per year, Shamrocks after a pruning and a nap in a low light area come back. Just remember to pick off the yellowed leaves and stems, place in a dark area with NO WATER for a few weeks. This allows the plant to rest before coming back.

Second, once per year refresh the soil. Take your Shamrocks out of their pots to inspect the roots and soil condition.  It's best to replace the soil with fresh. Gently loosen the roots but be mindful not to break any of them. This allows for the roots to get air, which will help them grow.  Also check for any mold or other questionable conditions for the soil or roots. Make sure you clean your pot or start with another fresh pot before replacing the soil.

The last little bit of advice is to water your plant from the bottom. Shamrocks like to slurp water from the bottom. Not sure what we mean by watering from the bottom... see the photo below!
Water from the bottom
Lucky Shamrocks!

Kim on behalf of,

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