Plant Care Soursob

Soursob

Also known as

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

Taxonomy

Oxalis pes-caprae
Oxalis
Oxalidaceae
Oxalidales

How to care for Soursob

💦 Water

How often to water your Soursob

Water needs for Soursob
0.5 cups
every 9

Soursob 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 Soursob

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for African Woodsorrel in your home

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

Soursob love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Soursob does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Soursob

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Soursob 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.

African Woodsorrel Water Frequency →

African Woodsorrel Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Soursob 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 🏡.

African Woodsorrel Light Requirements →

African Woodsorrel Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

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💨 Humidity

Soursob 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.

African Woodsorrel Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Soursob 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 African Woodsorrel →

When and How to Successfully Repot African Woodsorrel →


💩 Fertilizer

Soursob 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 African Woodsorrel →


🌎 Native Region

Soursob is native to Worldwide.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

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

African Woodsorrel Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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 Soursob

Soursob

Soursob


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.

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