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Grow your own shamrocks

The symbol of St. Paddy’s Day is officially known as the oxalis plant. So start your St. Paddy’s Day planning with some homegrown fun.

Instructions:

Pick up an oxalis plant at your local nursery or florist andplant it in a decorative pot to bring good luck to your family thisMarch. Although this houseplant is commonly associated with St.Patrick’s Day because of the four-lobed, heart-shaped leaves,oxalis is actually native to South America. The oxalis is easy togrow-it prefers abundant sunshine and moist but not wet soil.

Materials:

  • An oxalis plant (comes in many varieties including Irish Mistand Iron Cross; commonly available at nurseries and florists duringthe month of March)
  • Potting soil
  • Decorative pot
  • Water as needed
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