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Old plant gets new life!


My wife has had a clover in a small pot that is over 25 years old. It had been in a 4 inch container, in hard clay soil for all of those years and has survived somehow.
Last weekend, I took a huge risk and “bare rooted” it into a much larger pot that I had prepared with the best organic potting formula ever. The soil base was “Rabbit Hill Farms” brand organic potting soil and I added some extra earthworm castings plus “Alpha Bio Systems THRIVE” that added beneficial microbes and mycorrhizal fungi to the clover’s root system.

The result?

It produced blooms for the very first time in its’ life! :-)
I just love it!

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I know this as Oxalis?

31 Oct, 2010


Well it's certainly not what I call clover!

31 Oct, 2010


sounds miraculous!
that leaf looks like oxalis to me but is that the same family as clover?
can you get 4-leafed oxalis for luck??

31 Oct, 2010


To be honest, I have no idea what it is.. My wife calls it a "clover"..
It was a very old plant that my wife had growing long before we met and I "took it under my wing", gave it the very best growing environment possible and the little guy is thriving like crazy in his new organic "home".. :-)

I have never seen a plant respond to a simple "up-potting" like this one has. The poor little guy's root system had been restricted in that hard clay soil over the years and he's ONE happy camper, wanting to "show off" in his new home! {chuckle}

Pretty cool..

31 Oct, 2010


It's the old green form of Oxalis triangularis...and the oldest one I've ever heard of! From the looks of the leaves, it's suffering from an excess of salts in the soil, so I would flush it out with a couple of liters of purified water, and empty the saucer after watering, hereafter.

1 Nov, 2010


Tugbrethil, the slight browning of the leaves is a combination of slight transplant shock plus some nighttime
temperatures in the 40's this week. This little guy has been a houseplant for all of those years and is currently outdoors on the porch where it receives bright indirect sunlight.
It now resides indoors in my office window for the winter.
I went to the trouble of having its' potting soil tested here: because I wanted to be so very careful with it because of its' age. The organic potting soil was PH neutral with no traces of detrimental trace elements and had a near-perfect biological balance.

2 Nov, 2010


Whoops! Sorry, I'm probably projecting my own horticultural problems on you! Ours are just recovering from the summer, so I didn't even think about chill damage. I also should have been paying closer attention to your original post, where you said that it was just repotted a week previously--amazing the growth and bloom since then. Lucky plant in that type of soil! Mine reside in Black Gold Cactus Mix, which is a pretty good mix, but I doubt the company takes that kind of precautions.

3 Nov, 2010

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