Plant Care Purple Shamrocks

Purple Shamrocks

4.8 out of 5 (82 experiences)

Purple Shamrocks has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Purple Shamrocks has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

About Purple Shamrocks

Purple Shamrocks is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower and easy to bloom with a whopping 2259 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Purple Shamrocks likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Purple Shamrocks belongs to the Oxalis genus, and is native to Colorful.

⚠️ Purple Shamrocks is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Taxonomy

Oxalis triangularis
Oxalis
Oxalidaceae
Oxalidales

Also known as

False Shamrock Plant, Love Plant, Purple Wood Sorrel and Oxalis regnelli

How to care for Purple Shamrocks

Water

How often to water your Purple Shamrocks

Water needs for Purple Shamrocks
0.5 cups
every 9

Purple Shamrocks needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Austin, Texas.

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

Calculate water needs of Purple Shamrocks

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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.

Plant care guide for Purple Shamrocks in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

56% Medium

Growing Purple Shamrocks in Austin right now

Light needs for plant Purple Shamrocks in Austin, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 1st, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Austin is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determinin…

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Light needs for plant Purple Shamrocks in Austin, Texas

Sunlight will decrease by 20.6% ☀️

November 30th, 2022

Austin is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Austin is expected to decrease by 20.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.8 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Purple Shamrocks in Austin, Texas

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

December 1st, 2022

This month, Austin is getting an average of 8.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 total hours of dayligh…

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Finding light for Purple Shamrocks in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Purple Shamrocks: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Purple Shamrocks love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Purple Shamrocks does not tolerate low light 🚫.

Austin, Texas currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Purple Shamrocks

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Purple Shamrocks: 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 Purple Shamrocks after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Purple Shamrocks

Nutrient needs for plant Purple Shamrocks in Austin, Texas

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

November 28th, 2022

The growing potential in Austin is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any …

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Purple Shamrocks is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Humidity
Soil
Fertilizer
Native Region
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Growing Outdoors
Propagation
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Purple Shamrocks

Purple Shamrocks

Purple Shamrocks


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Purple Shamrocks has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 65
Purple Shamrocks has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 50
Purple Shamrocks has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 48
Purple Shamrocks has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 17
Purple Shamrocks has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 17
Purple Shamrocks has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Purple Shamrocks has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Yvette avatar
@Yvette
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 2,923 XP
globe Crowborough, England
03/06/2022

Great plant to grow!
Even when leaves die off just pick the stem off and new one will start to grow, very easy can’t go wrong!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Sophiehasplants avatar
@Sophiehasplants
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 73 XP
02/22/2022

Before buying this plant you should know that it requires a lot of light. It thrives where there is always light. So if you plan to have your lights turned off frequently and have no other source of light for it, you should buy a different plant.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Sara avatar
@Sara
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Fort Collins, CO
11/16/2021

Droops very quickly when dry, but perks back up very quickly with watering. Does great year round in a bright light spot. Will die if you put it outside. Droopy leaves shrivel off frequently and need to be plucked. Blooms very frequently.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Hkpierson avatar
@Hkpierson
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,033 XP
globe Brattleboro, VT
11/11/2021

Forgiving. It’s easy to cut back the growth all the way and allow the bulbs to sprout new growth if you under-water.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Phanie avatar
@Phanie
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 794 XP
10/21/2021

I love my shamrocks! They are a bulb plant and bloom extremely easy. I have new sprouts about every week, a flower once month. We are now getting into the colder months and it still is not dormant! If you decided to give them a "rain bath" the leaves can brown/break, so be careful!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 92 Plants
xp 10,944 XP
10/15/2021

I forgot this plant outside one day and night last week and he got bleached! But he’s coming back with new shoots

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Armin avatar
@Armin
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 32 XP
09/04/2021

1-3 direct sunlight and watering 1-3 days ones

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Baileysplant avatar
@Baileysplant
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 542 XP
globe Strasburg, OH
08/18/2021

When properly watered, new sprouts grow like crazy! Beautiful blooms. Does better closer to windows.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Debbie avatar
@Debbie
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 99 XP
08/17/2021

Gorgeous easy on the eye plant

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Plantitlikelauren avatar
@Plantitlikelauren
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 1,739 XP
globe London, England
08/17/2021

Love everything about this beauty ❤️

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Queenvee avatar
@Queenvee
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,622 XP
globe San Francisco, CA
07/17/2021

Lovely, forgiving, and colorful

Survivor Survivor
Doudou avatar
@Doudou
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng
07/16/2021

Good👍

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Stephanie avatar
@Stephanie
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 113 XP
globe Fairfield, CT
07/07/2021

I love waking up and going to see my butterflies. They are so happy, fully open and ready for the day. It’s just an overall fun plant. The butterflies range in color for me. Some are a deep purple, others are a dark lime green and some are even a mixture of both but faded as if bleached. The flowers are absolutely adorable and also open and close at night.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Eric avatar
@Eric
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 4,024 XP
globe Burnsville, NC
07/06/2021

Does well with indirect light, blooms often. Cheerful disposition, will let you know when it is thirsty. Don’t over water.

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Silkroute avatar
@Silkroute
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe Covington, KY
07/05/2021

Most beautiful plant. This plant adds extra beauty in the house specially when placed with other green plants.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Abigail avatar
@Abigail
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 324 XP
06/22/2021

Bulb

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Cristina avatar
@Cristina
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 66 XP
06/16/2021

💖

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Tessa avatar
@Tessa
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 86 XP
globe Dunedin, Otago
06/09/2021

I killed two of the clovers and two new ones came through not long after. Love this plant 🥰

Fast grower Fast grower
Shannon avatar
@Shannon
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 84 XP
globe Churchville, PA
05/28/2021

It is easy to care for.

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Houseplantjournal avatar
@Houseplantjournal
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 176 XP
globe Toronto, Ontario
05/27/2021

Leaves will die back after a few months or a year but just replant the corms into new soil and they’ll regrow with good light

Fast grower Fast grower

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