Ledebouria and soil type

dave s wusong@evilemail.com
Fri, 24 Jun 2011 05:06:09 PDT
Just an update - since this thread started, I've been more generous with the
water, never letting them dry down before a drink, and all my socialis
clones are looking a lot happier, and beginning to take on the more lush
appearance I'm used to seeing.  In years of growing that species, I never
tried that.  *facepalm* All this time I've been treating them like I do my
E. Cape gasterias...

So thanks to everyone for the input. Of course, my "paucifolia" has barely
budged, bu what else is new?

Best regards,


On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 10:15 AM, aaron floden <aaron_floden@yahoo.com>wrote:

>  I use the same general ratio of organic to inorganic as Nhu. My compost
> consists of peanut hulls, pine bark, peat, and then sand or turface mixed
> in. Good drainage is key while retaining moisture is also important. They
> get partial shade throughout the day. Full sun seems to lead foliage burn on
> many of them. They get regular watering with dilute fertilizer. They are
> also repotted on a regular basis, usually every 2 years. Socialis is slow at
> first, but once it gets started it vigourously produces offsets.
>  Aaron
>  Knoxville, TN
> --- On Fri, 6/10/11, Nhu Nguyen <xerantheum@gmail.com> wrote:
> From: Nhu Nguyen <xerantheum@gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Ledebouria and soil type
> To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: Friday, June 10, 2011, 2:12 AM
> Dave,
> I grow my ledebourias in a rich organic mix of about 1:1 organic:///inorganic/.
> A number of them (like L. socialis) don't like full sun. Ledebouria
> socialis
> in particular should stay moist during its growing season and be fertilized
> sparingly. They also look sad and hold on to only 1 or 2 leaves if you
> don't
> give them a dry winter dormancy. Once they get out of their dormancy they
> will sprout new leaves and produce lots of flowers.
> In my experience, the bulblets take a while to grow new roots and leaves.
> Nhu
> Berkeley, CA
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