Plant Care Purple Shamrocks

Purple Shamrocks

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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 4811 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.

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?

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5"
☀️ Light

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 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Purple Shamrocks in your home 🏡.

🪴 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.

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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!

Benefits of Growing Purple Shamrocks →

Common Purple Shamrocks Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Purple Shamrocks prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Purple Shamrocks Water Frequency →

Purple Shamrocks Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Purple Shamrocks requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Purple Shamrocks Light Requirements →

Purple Shamrocks Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

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.


💨 Humidity

Purple Shamrocks doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Purple Shamrocks Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Purple Shamrocks does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Purple Shamrocks →

When and How to Successfully Repot Purple Shamrocks →


💩 Fertilizer

Purple Shamrocks grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Purple Shamrocks →


🌎 Native Region

Purple Shamrocks is native to Worldwide.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Purple Shamrocks bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Purple Shamrocks Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Purple Shamrocks is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Purple Shamrocks →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Purple Shamrocks can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Purple Shamrocks Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Purple Shamrocks can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Purple Shamrocks, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


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 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 49
Purple Shamrocks has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 47
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 16
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 36 Plants
xp 3,418 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
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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
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@hkpierson avatar
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leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,323 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
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@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
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leaf-1 76 Plants
xp 17,582 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
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@@Armin
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 32 XP
09/04/2021

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

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Blooms easily Blooms easily
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@@baileysplant
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 1,068 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
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@Debbie
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 99 XP
08/17/2021

Gorgeous easy on the eye plant

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 1,966 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
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leaf-1 30 Plants
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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
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leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 4,919 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.

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Blooms easily Blooms easily
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@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
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
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@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
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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
@visualkelse_ avatar
@@visualkelse_
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 129 XP
globe London, England
05/25/2021

One of the first plants I purchased back in 2019. Still going strong almost 2 years later! I have propagated this plant a couple times and given the babies as a gift to other family members once they were ready to set out on their own! It’s a strong, stubborn little thing!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor

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