Triangular oxalis: home care, photo and description
Since the 17th century, graceful oxalis have found their place as indoor and garden plants. Descriptions of caring for triangular sour cherry at home and photos will help novice and experienced flower growers get acquainted with this spectacular and completely non-capricious culture.
Among the hundreds of species are:
- plants propagating by tubers and scaly rhizomes;
- perennial and annual crops;
- flowering varieties and specimens that amaze with the unusual foliage.
Where does oxalis grow? It is safe to say that this or that species was met by everyone. The fact is that the range of this genus includes many regions with a warm and temperate climate, from southern Africa to central Russia. Triangular oxalis, for example, came to windowsills and gardens from faraway Brazil.
Descriptions and features of the sour plant
Triangular oxalis, or, as this species is also called, Regnelly’s oxalis, is a medium-sized thermophilic plant that enjoys the sincere love of flower growers due to its unpretentious disposition and original appearance. Long thin petioles extend from a short stem, on which three-lobed leaves are held.
The color of the leaf blades in varieties grown in a pot culture is most often a deep purple or purple. But there are varieties with green or reddish leaves. Moreover, on each lobe, spots of a different shade are clearly visible closer to the base of the plate..
A characteristic feature of most acid plant plants is the ability to fold foliage at sunset, in the very heat and in cloudy weather, when the sky is threatening with rain..
Small, graceful triangular sorrel flowers have five petals and a color from white to lilac. Like leaves, corollas close at night, react to touch and direct sunlight. After pollination, in place of the flowers, fruits are formed, which, when ripe, open up, as soon as they are touched. Small seeds are germinable, but at home, the reproduction of acid is carried out in parts of thickened rhizomes.
Caring for sour at home
If this plant appears in the house, the florist will not have to spend a lot of time caring for triangular acid at home. Still, room culture needs to find the right place to feel good..
The western or eastern windows are suitable for light-loving acid, where the plant is protected from the scorching midday rays, but do not experience a lack of light. It is important that the acid is not disturbed by drafts, and the heating devices are located far from the pot and do not dry out the air.
Unpretentious sour plants do not have special requirements for the temperature in the room where they were placed, air humidity and soil in the pot.
- in the summer months is 20–24 ° C;
- during the cold period of the year, when the sorrel has a time of relative rest, 16-18 ° C, but not below these limits.
If there is such an opportunity, from spring to autumn, when the weather permits, triangular sour cherry can be taken out into the air. Moreover, the plant easily acclimatizes when kept in a pot or when planted in the ground..
Summer is a time of active growth, therefore, frequent and abundant watering must be included in the care of triangular sour cherry, in the photo, at home and in the garden. In this case, moisture should not linger in the ground. Excess water is drained, and a powerful drainage layer is provided in the pot. With the arrival of autumn and a decrease in air temperature, the need for moisture in acid plant decreases. The soil only needs to be slightly moistened, especially since the growth of the plant stops.
The dormant period, during which the culture practically “falls asleep”, lasts no more than one and a half months. With the appearance of new foliage, in the spring, the usual care is resumed, including watering, spring transplanting and feeding.
Fertilizers can be applied twice a month using a complex composition for flower crops, but only in half the concentration. A month after the beginning of the growing season, the sorrel plants bloom.
Transplantation and reproduction of acid
Plants are transferred to fresh substrate every spring at the beginning of the growing period. But before you transplant the acid plant, you need to choose a pot for the plant and a suitable soil. Wide pots are used for this shallow root crop..
Oxalis is not capricious, so a universal soil mixture is suitable for growing. The soil should not be too nutritious, otherwise the plant actively grows foliage to the detriment of flowering.
If the diameter of the container allows, several pieces of rhizomes can be planted in one container at once. It is by the division of elongated scaly rhizomes that the acid plant multiplies. Rhizosomes are laid out on a wet substrate and sprinkled with soil 1–2 cm.
With regular home care, triangular oxalis, as in the photo, rises and grows to the size of an adult plant in 1-1.5 months.
If the grower has seeds at his disposal, they are distributed over the surface of the wet soil, irrigated from a spray bottle and kept in greenhouse conditions until shoots appear..