Ledebouria and soil type

dave s wusong@evilemail.com
Fri, 24 Jun 2011 18:27:45 PDT
Agree with Nhu - my offsets seem to find their way above ground.  For years
I grew Drimiopsis maculata as a surface bulb, and offsets tried to stay
hidden below soil level.

Are L. socialis bulbs ever exposed in habitat?  I've seen too many
references to socialis being an exception in its genus to think it's just a
matter of culture...but stranger things have happened. On that note, for
such a wide-ranging and HUGELY popular plant...why have I never been able to
find a habitat photo?

Best regards,


On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 9:19 PM, Nhu Nguyen <xerantheum@gmail.com> wrote:

> Alberto,
> By "Dutch method" do you mean that it's a selection for bulbs that stay
> above the ground? Even when they are grown above the ground, they make
> offsets that seem to want to reach above the soil.
> Nhu
> On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 3:26 PM, Alberto Castillo <
> ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com
> > wrote:
> >
> >  Something else. We are accostumed to seeing Ledebouria socialis as a
> clump
> > of plants in which the bulbs are completely exposed. This must be
> attributed
> > to the Dutch method. As a  matter of fact, this and other Ledebourias if
> > given ample space bury their bulbs deeply in the mix or soil, only the
> > foliage being visible and pressed flat against the mix. Offsets appear
> deep
> > in the ground (at least 4 in, 10 cm.) from the base of the mother bulbs.
> >
> >
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