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Hi everyone, first time i have posted on here and hoping someone can help. I have this plant (weed) growing in the majority of my pots and have been unable shift it. Can someone tell me what it is and should i worry about it or shall i just let it do its thing? Thank you

Last edited: 07 August 2017 15:53:49


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114


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    Would be helpful wouldn't it

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,262

    It's Oxalis corniculata.  It's a real nuisance in some gardens - it seems to like dry and sunny areas, and often colonises cracks in paving.  It's quite hard to remove because it spreads by seed and by little bits of broken-off stem, which root all over the place.  You could try removing as much as you can from your pots (careful it doesn't seed into surrounding areas), and then maybe smother anything which remains with a fresh layer of compost, or maybe some slate chippings or gravel.  But unless you're very lucky there will already be seeds in the pot waiting to germinate when conditions are right, and you'll be forking seedlings out for quite some time...

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • Thankyou Liriodendron. Its been very hard to remove and is extremely well held in by its roots. I think ill do as you suggest and remove what i can and then add some decorative stone, thanks again

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,262

    In a pot you could always put a circle of weed control fabric under the chippings...

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • Excellent idea, thank you

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