By - plantsarecool222
Oxalis is a rhizome not a root plant so they’re very hard to kill and will always bounce back. They go through a dormant stage over the winter. My purple was just dirt for 6 months, didn’t water it once during that period. Watered last week for the first time and it has two shoots above soil now
Plants with rhizomes are my fav, when I finally learned that rhizomes take over the work during the dormant season it was smooth sailing...kinda lol
Care to explain what that means? I tried googled and didn’t have much success
A rhizome is essentially a stem that runs underground, like ginger, that stores nutrients and stays in dormancy when all the leaves die. The plant can regrow from the rhizome after the dormancy period 👍
That is so good to know! I thought mine was dead, but it does have two shoots now… hopefully it bounces back.
If it’s not a rooted plant, how do you repot them? I have two monstrous ones that came with the house, and I’d like to move them into ceramic pots from the plastic they are in
It’s fairly easy but a pain at the same time. The rhizomes look like shriveled up baby carrots. You’re probably going to lose a lot of shoots in the replanting process because they’re so delicate but they will come back quickly. You could try put your hand in them and hold them like hair while you dig them up and shake off the old dirt. It doesn’t matter which way you lay the rhizome in the new soil, the shoots will find their way to the surface.
All but 1 leaf on mine wilted even though it’s spring. Then my mom put it outside to get some rain and it suddenly turned cold and the last one finally died. Do you think it will still bounce back. I read to water it sparingly after all the leaves wilt but because it was out in the cold and the soil is now wet, I’m not too sure. What do you think?
Did the temperature drop below 0? Sorry I’m Canadian and we use Celsius. Did it drop below 32F? Oxalis isn’t known for being frost hardy so it’s hard to determine the outcome. All you can do it try. If you’re scared that it froze you may remove them from their soul and replant in boil soil, water and try your luck. Mine went 6 months without a drop of water and has already sprung back after it’s first spring watering
That’s ok, not below zero maybe at 0 or close to 0.
Mine looked the same when I got it at Kroger on clearance. I stuck it under the grow light for about 2 weeks and it looks much better
I cut mine back every couple of months. It looks like it got a bad haircut for a week or two but bounces back beautifully.
Same. I just gave mine a massive haircut. I felt TERRIBLE and was so worried it would die but it bounced back 3x as full and beautiful. It's thriving now! I think yours looks pretty healthy still.
How far did you cut it back?
I cut mine back so there’s about two inches of stem.
Thanks! Mine got repotting shock when i first got it and stayed floppy so I cut it pretty much all the way back. Its coming back now but its been more like 2 months not a few weeks. Good to know thats an option!
Yes, till there was about 1-2 inches.
Just pull out the ones that are wilted! I water mine once a week, it is near a south facing window. Once a year, I make it go dormant for a month. Put it in a darker room and don’t water it.
Resume watering and move back to a sunny spot after a month or so. I’ve had mine for years, the leaves are as big as my hand now.
Yours doesn’t look bad!
I agree,pull out everything dead and damaged (literally gently pull, the dead stems should come right out without damaging anything) then just give it some time. It'll look great again. Super easy plant. It's not even that upset - it's flowering.
I think it’s ok! How long have you had it? Plants looooove rain :) If all the leaves wilted and are gone, now would be a good time to make it go dormant.
Put it in a darkish spot and don’t water for a month. Bring it back out after a month and start watering again!
This plant is so hardy and resilient. When the leaves come back, don’t hesitate to pull off any leaves that look sickly or wilted. I go through mine weekly and do this. I also pull the flowers once they start to die!
If you want to check out the little bulbs the stems come from, you could repot? If the bulbs look bad, then you know the plant can’t be saved. You can Google what the bulbs should look like? This could be a last resort if stems don’t come back after going dormant.
I literally can’t kill mine. I didn’t try but squirrels did - ripped the entire thing into what I thought was just dirt. The NEXT DAY it had 3 blooms.
I have a snake plant with some oxalis stems in it because I thought my oxalis plant died. I put the pot away for the winter, and then in the spring I put my snake plant in that pot lol. Those things are indestructible.
Outdoors full sun once daily low temperature stays consistently above 55F.
All but 1 leaf on mine wilted even though it’s spring. Then my mom put it outside to get some rain and it suddenly turned cold (30 Fahrenheit) and the last one finally died. Do you think it will still bounce back. I read to water it sparingly after all the leaves wilt but because it was out in the cold and the soil is now wet, I’m not too sure. What do you think?
All good. Water from below. Place in front of sunniest window or on the porch.
Repot it and water that puppy. It might make it alright.
Sun. Lots of it. Cut it back completely if it ever looks sad and just wait for it to bounce back.
Just needs water. It will look like that if you touch it or mess about it with too much. It bounces back though
Yep I think you’re supposed to let it dry now and it put somewhere cool and dark. Then in a few months, bring it out into the light again and water it. They are supposed to have a rest period like this. I’ve had mine for about 3 years now, and sometimes it goes to 5 leaves and then in the spring (or if I move it closer to the light) it regrows hundreds of leaves and flowers.
I see… when it was bought ( I believe spring -summer of last year) it only had 3 -5 leaves, then one by one they all started wilting… and I thought it was in a light lit area in my living room, but it’s possible it wasn’t getting enough sun. The leaves did open during the day and close at night. Do you think it was slowly entering the dormant stage? Or was it just dying? I’m especially worried because it was wet and out in the cold for 2~ nights (30-40 Fahrenheit) how do I check if the rhizome is healthy?
I think it’s dormancy. When the corms die, all the leaves wilt at once. I don’t think the cold is an issue, it’s frost that would damage it. You can have a look in the soil for the corms and see if they are still intact and have roots.