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Albuca spiralis 'Frizzle Sizzle'
Albuca spiralis 'Frizzle Sizzle' is a fragrant, up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall, winter-growing bulb. It forms small groups of corkscrew…
Spiral Albuca Care
The spiral albuca is one of the most rewarding evergreen perennials you can grow as a houseplant. It requires little care, and you have more control over the temperature and light. Even the deciduous varieties do well as houseplants, and with adequate water, they will keep their lush green leaves all year round.
Unlike many other succulents, the spiral albuca not only has roots buried in the soil but a healthy bulb as well. That means you’ll have to choose the right type of soil carefully. Otherwise, the bulb will not grow well, and you won’t have many leaves coming out of it. For best results, you should make sure the soil is loose and sandy. In fact, it should have more sand than clay. Loamy soil will do just as good. As long as you don’t try to grow it in clay or dense soil, this succulent will thrive as a houseplant.
If you have sandy and well-drained soil, that will make watering the plant a lot easier. Make sure to use a pot with plenty of drainage holes since the bulb and the roots don’t like wet soil. And because of its unusual growth cycles, you will need to water the plant less in the summer and more in the winter. That’s because the plant goes dormant in the summer (which is the wintertime in its original habitat in the Southern Hemisphere). Allow the soil to go dry between irrigations and keep it slightly damp. In the winter, as the plant starts to grow and flower, it will need regular watering. Overall, you should keep the soil moist at best and never get it wet.
Even though you grow the spiral albuca as a houseplant, it still needs its fair share of sunlight. It can tolerate full sun, although dappled light and partial shade are ideal for this perennial succulent. Place the pot on a window sill facing south or west, where it will get between five to seven hours of sunlight every day. When the plant goes dormant in the summer, it will not require as many hours of sunlight. This plant has a low tolerance for frost and cold temperatures. Ensure that the temperature in the room is in the mid-seventies Fahrenheit. Under no circumstances should you let the room temperature go under 60 degrees F.
Since it favors rich soil, the compact spiral albuca is a heavy feeder. You’ll need to mix plenty of organic material in the soil before you plant this succulent. Once it’s growing successfully in the pot and the leaves take the shape of a corkscrew, you’ll need to fertilize it twice a year. Both applications happen in the late fall and mid-winter. Use a general-purpose fertilizer and make sure the plant is well hydrated before you apply the fertilizer. This protects against root and bulb burn. The second application is around the time the plant starts flowering. You can use mushroom compost or rabbit manure tea as mild alternatives to chemical fertilizers.
Pests and Diseases
As is the case with many succulents native to South Africa, the spiral albuca doesn’t attract pests in the Northern Hemisphere. That makes it an exception among houseplants that act as magnets for aphids, scale, and spider mites, among others. But not this hardy succulent. It’s practically pest-free all year round.
The same applies to diseases. In its natural habitat, this succulent grows disease-free. The only problem you might have is bulb rot. If you overwater the plant or keep it sitting in stagnant water, the bulb starts to rot. The symptoms include yellowing leaves and a soft bulb. If the problem persists, the roots too will rot, and that could bring the plant’s life to a sudden end.
To fix the bulb rot problem, remove the plant from the pot and inspect the bulb and roots. If the roots are not damaged, and the bulb maintains its yellow color, then you can replant it in a new pot and fresh soil. Otherwise, you would have to restart a new plant.
Albuca Spiralis caudex
|∞ Albuca Spiralis caudex||✈ South Africa|
|☀ Light / sunny||☂ One's per two weeks (In restseason none)|
|↑ 16 cm (incl. pot)||❀ Winter (yellow)|
|↔ 10,5 cm||❤ Ones a month nutrition (from May till August)|
|❆ Can not be outside||⌂ Find your perfect pot|
|☉ Succulent / caudex||✦ Spiral leaved albuca, Spiral albuca, Slime lily, Helicopter Plant, Corkscrew Albuca, Curly albuca, Sticky Corkscrew Lily|
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5 Facts About the Albuca Spiralis Succulent Plant
Albuca spiralis is known for its many names. Among them are Corkscrew Albuca, Sticky Corkscrew Lily, Curly Albuca, Helicopter Plant, Slime Lily, Spiral Albuca, Spiral Leaves Albuca, and Fizzle Sizzle. It’s common names imply, the leaves of this succulent spiral out as they grow like the tip of a corkscrew, metal spring, or coiled snake.
The plant is definitely a nice addition to your succulent plant collection because it serves as a beautiful decoration to your house, garden, or office space. Before buying it, you might want to see these five important facts about it first:
1. Albuca Spiralis and Albuca Namaquensis
The Albuca spiralis closely resembles the Spiral Grass plant. Because of that, the latter is often mistaken as A. Spiralis. However, the Grass Plant’s scientific name is actually Albuca namaquensis.
It’s totally hard to tell the two apart. Albuca spiralis is native to the Western Cape province of South Africa. Meanwhile, Albuca namaquensis is native to Namibia and Cape Province also in South Africa.
Aside from its corkscrew shape, the Albuca spiralis has green leaves. It is during winter when the foliage starts twisting, which is what defines the succulent and what gives its unique look.
The leaves grow up to eight inches if given the proper care. Then during spring, stalks begin to appear, which eventually bloom into beautiful yellow flowers. Like the Spring Grass, the flowers of the Corkscrew Albuca emit a buttery fragrant that gives quite a refreshing and relaxing scent in any area where it is placed.
3. Required Lighting and Temperature
Since the succulent plant is native in South Africa, it follows that it thrives under the full sun. However, it can also grow well in partial sunlight. Therefore, see to it that it gets as much sunlight as possible or at least six hours of exposure from the sun daily.
Despite its hot natural habitat, the Albuca spiralis can survive between the 9a to 11b USDA hardiness zones. That means the plant can live even in cold climates ranging from 20 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not recommended to push it to that limit though. To be safe, keep it in temperatures not lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit instead.
The Corkscrew Albuca may survive the mentioned temperature but its bulbs are not that frost hardy. So it’s better to cut them to prevent damaging them during the cold season because the rot may eventually extend to the nearby parts of the plant.
The succulent can be propagated using its seeds or offsets. The latter is the more preferred method because it is easier. Simply cut the offset from the mother plant and put it in a separate plant container. It should be noted that some species of Corkscrew plant do not produce offsets, so in this case, use its seeds.
Spring is the best time to propagate the Albuca spiralis. Just fill the succulent pot that you will be using with well-draining soil, and make sure that the container has drainage. You can use any type of garden soil for this one but utilizing a mixture of sand and loam is more advisable. Keep the young plant under partial sunlight, but once it matures, you can already move it to a warmer area.
During the propagation phase, make sure to water the Albuca spiralis regularly to prevent wilting. Make sure that the water goes through the drainage of the pot though to prevent stagnation at the bottom. Excess water may cause the succulent to rot. When the plant matures, only water it sparingly.
Spiral Albuca Care – How To Grow And Care For Spiral Grass Plants
The spiral albuca is the kind of plant that gives a good twist to your home landscaping plot. But movie puns aside, if you like quirky-looking houseplants, then this is the one for you. In addition, people who grow bonsai would appreciate the ornamental values of the spiral albuca. Its slender and spiral leaves complement the compact bonsai and create an exotic ambiance around the aging tree.
Whatever your reasons to have a plant that looks like fizzled hair, the spiral albuca seems a good fit in many landscapes. The vibrant green hues and twisted leaves have a place in many decors. The more outlandish your taste, the better.
If you’re wondering about this unique plant and how to grow it in your house, read on to find out more.