My junior year of college, my mom gave me a little planted shamrock plant. I was really obsessed with my Irish heritage at the time and loved having a little bit of green in my room. I lovingly took care of my little shamrocks and brought them home over the summer, back to college, back home, and then to Nashville where guess what - they are still alive. It's true - I have kept a plant alive for EIGHT years!
These little guys must be indestructible because I certainly do not have a green thumb! I met a woman once who said she had the same shamrock plant for 30+ years - amazing! They are the perfect little houseplant and kitchen sink adornment.
I recently re-potted them in miracle gro potting soil and I've been using a miracle gro supplement every time I water and they have flourished! They look a little saggy in the photo because it was so gloomy outside. Did you know that shamrock leaves close up at night and re-open in the day? It can be a little freaky - like they have a mind of their own! When it's not very sunny, they droop a little and don't open up much.
But the really exciting part is that my plant is going to bloom for the first time in years!!! I have the beginnings of 2 little white flowers! I water my plants on Saturdays so I'm hoping that after tomorrow's boost of miracle gro, the flowers will open right up!
If you can get your hands on some shamrocks, I highly recommend them! I kill just about every plant I come in contact with (including hardy cactuses!) and these have lasted for so long and are still going strong. We have re-potted them a few times (whenever the soil starts looking really dry and yucky) and now that I'm using the supplement, I think they will continue to grow every stronger!
PS - Happy St. Patrick's day!