mrscrazycatlady(4-5 ontario)December 18, 2013

I have a burgandy oxalis that lives on my deck spring/summer and then I bring it in to the back room where it goes dormant for a few months and then we begin again.

One of my cats knocked it off the shelf the other day and it is now unpotted. The root system seems to consist of these stalklike things that I have no idea which is top or bottom to repot. Any ideas?


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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Don't worry about them. Partially fill a container with slightly moist potting mix, lay some of the root sections on top, then cover with more mix. They will sprout when it's time.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 1:10AM
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Lay them down horizontally and dont bury them to deep in the soil.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 8:52AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

This is probably a different kind but the bulb structure should be similar. If you can see roots on one side, that's the down-side. The upper structure bulbs and the lower 'string of balls' ones can be separated and both will grow.

This is O. crassipes. If yours has purple leaves, it's O. triangularis (AKA O. regnellii.)

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 11:27AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

These plants respond very well to a cool, dry rest over-winter. I used to pry them away from my mother (she got them from her mother) every Sep and return them on Mother's Day. After I took them, I let them go completely dry in a cool spot in the basement. Some time in Apr, I would lift them from the pot, bare-root, replant them in fresh, fast-draining, 'damp only' soil. It takes 2-3 weeks for them to wake up and start pushing new growth. The cool/dry rest really revitalizes the plants.


    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 5:55PM
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mrscrazycatlady(4-5 ontario)

Thanks all. I think I was making it more complicated than it need be. Happy to know that the winter rest I've been giving it is the correct management.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 11:15PM
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