Oxalis

Oxalis

Life form Herbaceous
Family Oxalidaceae
Origin South Africa, South and Central America (Mexico)
Ease of cultivation Easy, suitable for beginners in floriculture.
The size The leaves are about 5-15 cm long, the total size is about 15-30 cm.
Growth rate Low
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature Preferably about 64,4-68 ° F in summer, in winter – not below 44,6 ° F. Oxalis prefers cool conditions, but it is also fairly stable to higher temperatures.
Humidity Average humidity. At low temperatures (59-64,4 ° F), the plant easily tolerates the dry air of the apartments. At higher temperatures it is desirable to spray or keep in a pan with wet claydite.
Lighting You can grow on the east or west window, but the plant needs some direct sunlight, preferably in the morning.
The soil Light, fertile, slightly acidic soil, as for senpolis, from a mixture of foliar humus (2 parts), sand or perlite (1 part), garden soil (2 parts), and peat moss.   Either: sod (2 parts), leaf (1 part) and sand (1 part). Drainage is mandatory. Oxalis is not suitable for calcareous soil.
Watering In summer, the soil should dry slightly between watering (pour every 4-5 days), in winter watering is limited; pour with warm soft water.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn, once every 3-4 weeks, soluble fertilizers in a half dose.
Reproduction Spread by seeds in the spring. It is best to plant seeds in a mixture of wet peat and perlite. Cover the pot with the plants with a plastic bag, secure with an elastic band.Place in conditions in indirect sunlight. If the seeds are not old, then they germinate fairly well. After germination, transplant into a permanent earthen mixture in a separate pot. Sour cherry easily multiplies by dividing the plant during transplantation. The plant is also propagated by nodules (acidic hezaria), which are planted in October or February-March to a depth of 1 cm. Oxalis reproduces by leaf cuttings. Individual leaves with petioles germinate in water or sand, in the spring roots are formed quite quickly. Several leaves are planted in one pot.
Bloom Flowers white, pink, purple, collected in umbrellas.
Transfer Transplanted as the pot is filled with nodules that grow rapidly enough. Transplanted in the spring of young plants annually, adults – every 2-3 years.
Features of care Leaves are formed at night. In summer, the plant is better to take out in the garden or on the balcony. Oxalis Depp in winter, about 2 months, discards the leaves. Its bulbs are stored in a cool room, the soil is occasionally watered.
Difficulties Affected mealybugs and scutes, whitefly, aphids, spider mites. Oxalis is ill quite rarely. With excessive watering, the plant can rot. Sometimes with strong watering, the roots of the acid are damaged by fungal mosquitoes. In bright light and with insufficient watering, the leaves wither. They must be removed in a timely manner.
Air cleaning
Toxicity Contain small crystals of oxalate, with prolonged use can cause kidney problems, as well as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.


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