Albuca TOW

Alberto Castillo
Mon, 07 Jul 2003 05:00:33 PDT
Dear Julian et al:
                      Excellent introduction as always, Julian. I would add 
that seed of albucas has proved useless when old and I suspect that it is 
among those genera that must be sown very fresh. On the contrary, fresh seed 
will produce a whole 100% germination, often resulting in far too many 
Albuca is  a totally neglected genus and some of them like 
clamwilliamigloria, spiralis and nelsonii are stunning plants. The 
undisputed Albuca King is Frank Holford and he has grown Albucas for long 
and even obtained very interesting hybrids. Perhaps the reason for this is 
that we see in books and guides one or two species only, mostly flaccida (ex 
canadense) that is not really breathtaking but variation within the genus is 

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