My oxalis houseplant is down to only 4 stems. Can i bring it back to life at this point?


What can seem like a disaster may just be a natural part of the annual cycle. When some leaves fade around the bottom of the plant, they may simply be aging and falling off, which is nothing to worry about. If all the leaves are gradually fading, it is probably becoming dormant.

Some Oxalis (false shamrock or wood sorrel) houseplants enter dormancy and rest for a period of time. The leaves will become brown and fall off. This is also natural and not a worry. Stop watering your plant when it is clear that it is becoming dormant. Keep it in a dark, cool spot and watch for growth to emerge again after 1 to 3 months. Then you can return the plant to its sunny position and resume normal care. Hopefully you will begin to see some healthy new leaves before long!

There are other reasons that your plant may be in decline, however. You can find more care details and tips for your plant in our guide False Shamrock (Oxalis) Houseplants.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service


  • Last Updated Nov 30, 2021
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  • Answered By Leslie Coleman

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