Plant Care African wood-sorrel

African wood-sorrel

Also known as

Bermuda buttercup, Bermuda sorrel, Buttercup oxalis, Cape sorrel, English weed, Goat's-foot, Sourgrass, Soursob, Soursop and Suring


Oxalis pes-caprae

How to care for African wood-sorrel


How often to water your African wood-sorrel

Water needs for African wood-sorrel
0.5 cups
every 9

African wood-sorrel needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for African wood-sorrel in your home

Light needs and placement for plant African wood-sorrel: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

African wood-sorrel may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize African wood-sorrel

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for African wood-sorrel: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your African wood-sorrel after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for African wood-sorrel

African wood-sorrel

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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