Did you know that the lucky clover grows for several years? Those who avoid these careless mistakes do not have to dispose of the lucky charm after a few weeks!
The lucky clover, botanically called Oxalis tetraphylla, is often given away at the turn of the year. In the house, it is said to bring good luck with its four-part leaves – which are lush green and have a brown-purple stain.
Often, however, the plantlets the leaves hang after a short time, loses their bushy growth and thus their decorative character. For many a reason to part with the delicate houseplant. But that need not be! In the ideal location and with the right care, the lucky clover thrives splendidly, sprouts from the small onions for many years, and even enchant with pink flowers.
Error 1: Wrong location
The lucky clover is often used to decorate living room tables or the window sill above the heater. In the long run, however, it is too warm there, too dark or the air too dry. He also does not tolerate drafts. The result: The pretty onion plant lets the leaves hang down and has long soft stems.
Oxalis tetraphylla likes it bright, but not the full sun, and needs a cool location. If the temperatures are between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius, he feels comfortable. A good place is, for example, by a north window, in a room that is not very well heated. The bedroom is often an ideal location.
It is best not to keep the lucky clover purely as a houseplant: In May, it likes to move to a sheltered, light to partially shaded place in the garden, on the balcony or terrace, where it can stay until autumn. If he feels good, the lucky clover presents its flowers in summer.
In a bright, sheltered location outdoors, ideal conditions prevail for the lucky clover in summer
Mistake 2: watering lucky clover too much
The fact that the lucky clover dies is often since it was simply “poured dead”. The onions rot quickly if you use the watering can too often. Waterlogging can also be a problem. Make sure that the substrate is well-drained and water the plant sparingly. The soil must not dry out completely, but always allow the top layer to dry out a little before watering again.
When the lucky clover is on rest between March and April, it needs even less water. If you want to overwinter your lucky clover green, water it regularly afterward, but in moderation. Alternatively, stop the watering in late summer/autumn. Then the leaves turn yellow and move in. But there is no need to worry: the onion plant prepares itself for wintering.
Error 3: Incorrect hibernation
The plant from Mexico is extremely sensitive to frost. Anyone who allows their lucky clover a place outdoors must therefore get it indoors in good time. However, that does not mean that you should continue with the usual maintenance during the winter months: give it a cool place in the house again and only supply it with water now and then.
You stop fertilizing until the next growth phase, which begins around April. On the other hand, if you let the plant move in, you can overwinter the little bulbs similar to dahlias. To do this, you take the plant out of the pot, remove any dried-up leaves, remove the soil from the bulbs and store them in a dry, dark place in a cool, frost-free place. In spring from April, the lucky clover bulbs are repotted in fresh soil. You can see exactly how to proceed with dahlias in the following video.