What is the best soil for Oxalis Spiralis?
Oxalis Spiralis prefers a loose soil that drains very well, since this plant does not like to get too wet at any time. The best soil for this plant is a sandy loam with a good amount of organic material in it.
This allows the roots to breathe and spread out more easily, giving the plant more room to grow. Loose soils will also help the plant when drainage is required, which can be very important when the rain season comes around.
Oxalis Spiralis prefers loose soil that drains well, but will still flourish in a soil that is too loose. Oxalis Spiralis thrives in a mixture of loam and peat, but will also do well in sandy soils. As the plant grows, it will need an area for its roots to spread out.
How often should I water Oxalis Spiralis?
Oxalis Spiralis requires a good amount of water to grow properly. It should be watered every week or two during its growing season, unless it is in a container that often runs out of water.
They can easily wilt because they require so much water, but they will also not do so well with too much water in their soil.
Oxalis Spiralis typically grow best in full sunlight and will often require more than half an inch of water each week. Watering once or twice during the growing season is recommended, but it depends on the weather and area where you live.
Oxalis Spiralis will be fine in an area that has very heavy amounts of rain each year, but they will get very dry when it has been around a while and they will stop growing.
They can also tolerate being watered thoroughly at times, so long as there is not too much water in the soil and they are watered regularly.
How do you prune Oxalis Spiralis?
Oxalis Spiralis is a perennial shrub, so pruning can be quite difficult. Pruning is required for this plant to grow into its best shape, so it is often recommended that flowers are pruned in late winter or early spring before it blooms.
They can also be cut back if they get too large and out of proportion with the rest of the plants in the garden. The best way to prune them depends on how you want to use them in your garden. The following are the steps when pruning;
- Cut away dead or damaged branches at the base of the plant.
- Remove any branches that are growing vertically, make sure to cut them back to a point where they are leaning towards the inside of the plant.
- Remove any branches that are growing horizontally and starting to take over.
- Leave strong branches alone so the plant will grow with a nice shape and develop healthy leaves for proper photosynthesis.
- Remove any branches that are smaller than a pencil in diameter by 1/3 or more, so the plant will have plenty of room to grow with healthy leaves for photosynthesis.
- Once the plant has bloomed, cut away any brown or wilted petals.
- Prune the plant back so it does not take over its space in the garden, but still gives you room to grow other plants around it.
- Prune the plant back and remove any flowers that are not needed for pollination, keeping healthy leaves for photosynthesis and helping them spread out more leaves for photosynthesis each day.
Why is my Oxalis Spiralis dying?
Oxalis Spiralis can die if it does not get enough sunlight or if it dries out too much. If the plant is wilted, but is a healthy green on the tips of its leaves, then it is probably just not getting enough water. If the plant is completely wilted and dry looking throughout all of its leaves, then more than likely it has been over watered in some way.
Oxalis Spiralis can be easily killed by over watering and straining their roots. It will also do poorly in a soil that drains too water. If you notice this is the case, then change over your soil to one that drains better and provide less water.
The problem could be that the soil is too wet at some point where it is growing, so your plant may have been tilled up too much when you planted it.
Oxalis Spiralis can also die from cold weather or drought. This can be caused by not watering too much or too little in the spring, something that can occur if you live in a colder area and do not get enough rain or drought at some point right before you plant it.
To prevent dying due to over watering, water every week during the growing season and never allow the soil to completely drain.
It is also recommended that you keep your soil loose to allow as much air flow as possible through it. It is best not to use overhead watering since this will prevent proper ventilation and root breathing. You should also use water that is as close to room temperature as possible to prevent over shocking the plant.
Oxalis Spiralis can be also killed by pests and diseases, including spider mites, scale insects, aphids, caterpillars and slugs. If you notice little bugs or holes in your plants leaves and stems, then it is more than likely dying because of these pests. Make sure to take care of them as soon as possible to prevent the plant from dying.
Is Oxalis Spiralis an outdoor plant?
Oxalis Spiralis does well in the outdoors, and can often be found growing wild in warm climates. However it is also grown easily indoors and will do just fine in a container, as long as it is given plenty of sunlight.
A plant grown in a container will need to be divided more often than one growing in the ground. It can only survive outdoors where it receives an adequate amount of water that has drains properly and sunlight, so if you live in an area that gets very cold this plant should not be grown outdoors.
Oxalis Spiralis can be grown indoors in a dish garden, terrarium, or in a pot with ample sunlight and proper drainage.
Plants grown indoors can also be brought inside during the winter months when it is too cold for them outside. It should not be fussy about its roots and will live on just about any soil, so use whatever you prefer when planting it in your container.
How do I repot Oxalis Spiralis?
Oxalis Spiralis is sensitive to transplanting, so it is often recommended that they are not moved once they are in their container. If it becomes necessary, you should move them as little as possible and keep the same soil in pots you want to re-use.
Oxalis Spiralis will do best when it is placed in good light and should be prepared for repotting by doing the following;
- Use a pot with a drainage hole to allow for any excess water that needs to drain out of the pot. Container with drainage holes also helps prevent root rot.
- Use a pot that gives your plant plenty of room to grow and will not become too small when it is time for re-potting.
- Use soil that drains well, but still retains some moisture for the plant to grow in.
- This plant does not need to be fertilized often, so use a balanced fertilizer for houseplants about once every 6 months.
- Water your plant often enough so the soil is moist, but not too wet when you are repotting it in the new pot.
- Place it in a place where it will get plenty of sunlight and warmth, but do not let it dry out.
- Let it dry out in the shade or in a location with indirect sunlight for up to two weeks after repotting.
Should I mist Oxalis Spiralis?
Oxalis Spiralis can be kept very healthy by misting regularly to prevent its leaves from getting too dry. Misting also encourages more blooming and will help keep the plant in a healthy state.
Mist it twice a week, but only in the mornings so that it does not burn the leaves and only if you have enough moisture in the air outside for it to be able to absorb.
Misting should be done when the air is humid, which will prevent the mist from evaporating too fast. You should use clear water for misting so that you can see through it to detect if any leaves are not getting enough of it.
Oxalis Spiralis moisture requirement is higher than almost any other plant, so it is best to mist it until the leaves are slightly damp. If you notice your plants getting too wet, then you should reduce the amount of time you mist it.
Using a spray bottle to water your plant would also work well and since there are no leaves to burn from this method it can be used daily. Watering with a spray bottle is less likely to cause root rot and soil problems when used frequently.