Grow four-leaved sorrel in the garden

Plant good luck charms in the garden

Grow four-leaved sorrel in the garden: garden

The lucky clover is not only decorative, but also extremely popular as a garden plant. In addition, he is considered a lucky charm worldwide and is gladly given away on New Year's Eve. The plant belongs to the family of sorrel plants and thrives optimally in a sheltered location with a warming sun.

The four-leaved sorrel, as the lucky clover is also called, flowers between June and October. The petals shine in a delicate white or a rich shade of red.

Originally, the four-leaf clover comes from Mexico, but came to Germany in 1920. Already in the Middle Ages he was popular, because its four leaves symbolize the holy cross form.

Learn here more about cultivation and care of the lucky clover.

Who keeps the lucky charm (Oxalis tetraphylla) after the New Year's Eve celebration in the apartment until spring, can finally offer the plant a sunny place in the garden. Soon a perennial develops, which until well into the autumn delivers exclusively four-leafed good luck and with colorful, fünfzähligen flowers becomes the absolute eye-catcher.

The most well-known kind of the herbaceous bulb plants is the Oxalis tetraphylla, a four-leaved sorrel with rich green leaves with a dark spot in the center. The flowers of the plant become bright red. As darkness falls, the plant folds its four-piece leaves together for protection and reopens them when touched by the first warm rays of the sun.

Especially popular is the lucky clover species Oxalis adenophylla, which is also known under the name Drüsiger Klee. The gray-green foliage is much more robust and moderately frost hardy, so the plant is often grown in the garden. This lucky clover develops pink-white flowers that bloom between April and May. However, the typical four-petal lucky clover leaf structures are not found in this plant, yet can be to set beautiful accents in the garden with him.

Cultivate lucky clover

Grow four-leaved sorrel in the garden: sorrel

The lucky clover thrives in the bucket and in the bed.

The lucky clover thrives in the pot ideal in a cool but sunny location at a room temperature of 10° -15° C, but dry heating air has a negative impact on plant growth. Ideally, put your lucky clover outdoors over the summer, for example on the wind-protected balcony.

in the partially shaded flowerbed or rock garden The lucky clover therefore grows particularly well. A moderate irrigation is sufficient for the clover. Make sure, however, that the substrate never completely dries out, the clover is extremely sensitive to persistent dryness and quickly leaves its delicate leaves hanging.

Grow four-leaved sorrel in the garden: grow

Lucky clover with flowers in the bed

With good care show up between April and June, the long-stemmed, dark red flowers. If you give the clover a liquid fertilizer over the irrigation water every three weeks during the growth phase between April and August, the flowers will last for a very long time.

Because the four-leaved sorrel extremely sensitive to cold If you are free-range, you must provide additional winter protection in the form of sticks, straw or nonwovens before the first night frosts, or transplant the clover and bulbs into a pot and keep them in the shelter during the winter.

Here the plants should be stored cool, a occasional watering helps with hibernation in the house.

Tip: If the lucky clover is too dark and the room temperature is too high, like that for example, on the living room table often the case, only soft and thin shoots with few leaves are formed.

Tip: The lucky clover stops a rest phase between March and April, in which he gathers strength for his flowering. Now the plant is watered only very sparingly.

To multiply lucky clover

Grow four-leaved sorrel in the garden: four-leaved

Lucky clover is easy to multiply.

Lucky clover as a bedding plant multiplies automatically and very fast, because the subterranean flower bulbs form many foothills at warm temperatures. Therefore, the clover is often considered a nasty weed and is prematurely plucked.

Has the lucky clover in the cultivated flowerbed made wide, only helps targeted weed control. If you want to do without chemical or time-consuming care measures, you can rely on the weather: Long and strong frosts can not survive the sensitive plants without a targeted winter protection.

Flower bulbs in the pot shouldn in warm march after a cool storage be transplanted again into fresh, nutrient-rich soil.

Lucky clover as a lucky charm on New Year's Eve

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The lucky clover is served in decorative pots as a gift for New Year's Eve.

Combined with a small chimney sweep figure becomes the lucky clover like to give away as a petal potted plant on New Year's Eve. He should bring luck to the recipient all year round. Often, a lucky penny is glued to the flower pot or handed an additional lucky pig.

Already in October, the lucky clover plants are grown in greenhouses. Fitting for the new year have become thanks to cool temperatures of 10-12° C developed many fine shamrocks.

Unfortunately, these plants are thrown away too often. Maintain the lucky clover and set it after the strong frosts in the field.

Make lucky clover yourself

In addition to the real lucky clover, let the four-petal lucky charms too just tinker and give away on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. A detailed tutorial with crafting templates gives our New Year's Eve consultation page Glücksklee tinker.

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