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Do You Have The Four-Leaf Clover?

web posted March 14, 2018

GARDENING -   When we see Shamrock Plants, most of us think of St. Patrick's Day and Ireland.  Although, this plant didn't originate in Ireland, it is now a plant that represents the country.  The Shamrock originated out of South America, and was used in Ireland as a symbolic piece to help bring Christianity to the population.
There have been many legends over time about the mysterious clover plant.  Some say if you wear the Shamrock you can risk death by hanging because of it's representation as the rebellion plant.  Then, there are some who seek the Shamrocks throughout their yard searching for the lucky, four leaf clover, which is said to bring you gold, money, and good luck! Though down here in South Carolina, we typically don't like to have our yard full of the invasive clover plants because it is considered a weed.
There are select varieties, however, that you can find at your local nursery or florist that can be grown has a potted plant and produce white blooms.  The Shamrock not only has a green variety, but a deep purple variety as well.  These also produce white blooms, which, I personally love using in planters with an assortment of flowers.
The Shamrock plant enjoys full-filtered sun (sitting in a window) and it likes to be slightly dry.  Once a week, a splash of water is all that this clover plant requires. The Shamrock likes to be clean and not have dead leaves hanging all over it, but be careful, because when the plants starts having a plethora of dead leaves, that's it's way of saying that it needs a resting period.
The green-leafed Shamrock requires at least two resting periods, each about 2 to 3 months long. Trust me, they will let you know when their leaves begin to drop more and more.  During this resting phase, just simply keep the Shamrock plant in a dim lighted area that is cool and dry.  When the clover begins to produces it's leaves again, then it has rested up and is ready to take on some more sun.
The purple Shamrock only requires one resting period.  Again the leaves will drop, and the plant will let you know.  When the plant is resting, there's no need to give it water.  It likes to be left alone.  Once done resting, a small dose of liquid Miracle Grow would be great and you can continue to give the Shamrock Plant it's monthly dose of Miracle Grow until the next resting phase.
The only pest to keep off of your lucky plant would be spider mites.  For this, a little Dawn dish soap and warm water will solve that problem.
Be sure to keep an eye out in your potted Shamrock for that Lucky Four Leaf Clover.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Next week, in Mandy's Friendly Garden, we will discuss creating some of your own Spring wedding flowers!

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