Easy Potted Clover for St. Patrick’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is in one day, right? So, what am I up to? I’m getting ready to celebrate the return of spring and St. Patrick’s Day of course.

In North Carolina, the trees are starting to bud and a few have flowers. I’m super excited for the arrival of spring. In addition to the flowers, the weeds have also started to pop up. But, there is one weed that I don’t mind sticking around for a little while.

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Although clover is technically a weed, it is also is a beneficial plant for your yard. It encourages bees to visit and help pollinate your flowers. Clover also produces nitrogen which is good for your lawn. And finally, it is a low growing evergreen plant, which means more green in your lawn.

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I decided to bring a little clover into our home to help me decorate (who knew clover was beneficial inside the home as well ;-).)

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Start with an empty pot. Add a few rocks in the bottom for drainage. Then layer some potting soil on top of the rocks.

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Dig up a little patch of clover and pluck out any non-clover plants from the clump.

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Gently place the clover into the pot. Fill in the sides with more potting soil.

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Don’t fret if your clover starts to wilt right away. Give the soil a good watering and mist the plant. The clover will perk up in a day.

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Place your potted clover in a sunny spot and enjoy your free shamrock plant for St. Patrick’s Day!

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One word of caution. As soon as you see the seed pods form, move your clover back outside before they burst and disperse seeds EVERYWHERE.

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Enjoy your potted clover and I hope you have a beautiful Spring soon!

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Comments

  1. I want your little plant “waterer” thing, that is super cute. I only wish here in my neck of the woods that we were showing any signs of spring. It’s so nice to see something green!

  2. So clever!! I never would have thought to bring clover in. We have it growing all over…especially in my backyard. Spring is in the air in Texas.

  3. That particular variety of clover is technically wild sorrel and I believe is edible! It’s in the “Oxalyis” family of plants..
    OK…horticulture lesson over! ha ha! It’s a great idea….now…wonder if I can find some under the snow here…… LOL!!!!

  4. I think I just spied some in the garden yesterday. Thank you Brittany for giving me this idea to bring it in the house. Winter in Arizona is about over, however, coming from Colorado, this REALLY isn’t winter to me!

  5. If only I could find some under the snow :( I never thought just to go grab some out of the yard!

  6. I agree with Seansmom above. I believe your “clover” is actually wood sorrel or yellow oxalis. As pretty as it it, it is HIGHLY invasive. Those little yellow flowers can actually shoot out seeds for new plants as far as 6 feet, and reproduce extremely quickly moving into lawns, flower beds, gardens, etc. The plants can thrive in shade and sun and even cold winters and snow won’t kill it. It is extremely hard to get rid of if you let it take hold. It spread into many of my perennials and choked out some of my low growing plants like alyssum and candy tuft mounds to the point where I had to actually take them out and start over. It has been my nemesis for the last few years! That and some mint plants :(

  7. I am from North Carolina but I currently live in Orlando, Florida and I have to tell you, I miss NC! Seeing someone else from NC who does creative things like this makes me smile! Thanks for the great post!

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