Ledebouria and soil type

Alberto Castillo ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com
Sat, 25 Jun 2011 10:40:55 PDT

Thanks, Tim, for the superb photo.
I grow a few different forms of L. socialis, as most do.I have known it forever for being an epigeal bulb in small pots. It came as a surprise when giving it a 5 gallon container in a gritty mix and of course normal watering that all bulbs buried themselves until only the pair of leaves mostly flat to the ground were visible. Offsets, like already mentioned, were produced from the bottom of the mother bulbs, a good distance from the surface.
It seems it is an epigeal in the arid habitat as this would be a way to take advantage of night dew. In cultivation it is seen in countless images as a clump of aerial bulbs in small pots, typical of succulent cultivation.
Other Ledebourias did the same when given ample root run, they buried themselves a good deal with the foliage pressed flat against the mix like a Massonia.

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