Inside and Outside

Oxalis regenellii Irish Mist

This lovely bulb spent the summer outside on my slate steps. It’s an eastern area where I stage a lot of my house plants for the summer. I received the bulbs last February, probably started them in April and have been enjoying them ever since.

The common “weed” oxalis

Normally I shy away from plants that look like weeds, particularly weeds that I struggle with– and the common weed oxalis, also known as wood sorrel, is a huge problem for me. You can see it here in one of my pots. I wish I could say it was just in one of my pots. It’s in almost all of them.

The problem with the weedy version of this plant is that it can produce as many as 60,000 seeds (no, that is not a typo–I meant 60K) per plant. You can see 2 plants alone in this container so do the math. Suffice it to say weedy is an understatement.

The cultivated bulbs have no such issues. The biggest issue is below.

Two oxalis started from bulbs in November

These bulbs arrived in the fall and were started immediately. You can see the difference between them and the spring started bulbs. To say I am disappointed is an understatement but I am not surprised.

Unfortunately these bulbs were only available in the fall so this was my only choice. But if I can nurse them through the winter, perhaps getting them outside where air circulation and some strong sun will strengthen their stems (gradually of course) will salvage these. Time will tell. I hope so,though. One of these varieties is supposed to have stunning flowers. Stay tuned….

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