How to Propagate Oxalis


The oxalis is an easy-to-grow houseplant that has clover-like green or purple leaves and blossoms in white, pink, red or yellow. Oxalis is native to South Africa and South America and is also called wood sorrel or shamrock plant because of the shape of the leaves. Propagate the oxalis plant by dividing the plant corms after the dormant season.

Step 1

Move the oxalis plant to a cool, dry location after blooming when the plant begins to die back. The plant will go into a dormant stage for one to three months. The purple-leaf variety will come out of dormancy after one month.

Step 2

Remove the plant from the growing container to divide the corms as soon as new growth appears. Gently separate the root corms by pulling them apart to create new plants.

Step 3

Plant the divided corms in growing containers with drainage holes. Fill the container with sterile potting soil that is airy for good drainage. Make sure the bulb is covered with soil equal to two times the height of the bulb.

Step 4

Water the plants well with warm water after planting to stimulate new growth. Water the plants once the top layer of soil becomes dry to the touch.

Step 5

Fertilize the plant with a water-soluble fertilizer and move it to a sunny location to continue plant growth. Continue to fertilize every two weeks during the growth period of the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Growing container with drainage holes
  • Sterile potting soil
  • Water
  • Water-soluble fertilizer
  • Insecticidal soap


  • University of Wisconsin: Shamrock, Oxalis Species
  • Plant Shamrock, Wood Sorrel
  • Shamrocks (Oxalis)
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Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.