Albuca spiralis and other delights

Lola L Horwitz llhorwitz@gmail.com
Sat, 30 Dec 2017 13:48:11 PST
Anne Wright's nursery contact info is http://www.dryad-home.co.uk/   She
specializes in bulbs. I'm not sure about seed. Understandably, prices are
high.

On Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 12:39 PM, Lola L Horwitz <llhorwitz@gmail.com>
wrote:

> I am also a grower of A. spiralis Fizzle Sizzle. This is its first winter
> with me and it's decided to send up a flower after flowering a few weeks
> after I bought it last summer. I appreciate all the comments, especially
> Jane's who throws fish tank water on her bulbs and orchids.
>    Speaking of which, The Lady of the Night (Brassavola cordata) opened
> her flowers (one stem only, alas) after years of waiting and watching. If
> Albuca's fragrance comes close to this Lady's I will be quite happy. We
> need such delights during the dark season.
>    A pot of Lachenalia bulbifera from PBS bulbex last October is also
> blooming, a very nice pink. Thank you, PBS.
>    Meanwhile, in my presently very cold alpine greenhouse, various
> narcissi are either blooming or, I hope, getting ready to, thanks to Nancy
> Wilson years ago and Jim Archibald, even more years ago. My newest source
> other than nargs seedex and PBS is Anne Wright, owner of Dryad Nursery in
> Yorkshire, whom I met on a Greene Tour to Portugal, Spain and Morocco when
> narcissi were in bloom. She has an amazing list!
>    Lola, in snowy, cold Brooklyn
>
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>> Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:15:02 -0500
>> From: Jane Sargent <jane@deskhenge.com>
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>> I have two pots of Albuca fizzle sizzle that I got a couple of years ago
>> from Logee?s Greenhouse in Connecticut. They have a mail-order business.
>> It is unclear that this plant is really Albuca spiralis. It certainly
>> had the little spiral springs when I got it. One was a split bulb, and
>> the other was a single bulb. The leaves , not unwinding the spirals,
>> were about 8 inches tall. That year, we got 3 flower spikes,
>> greenish-yellow flowers, fragrant They live on a west -facing
>> windowsill, but it is in a corner right next to a south-facing window
>> and under a big skylight, so light isn?t a problem. I was busy (and
>> stupid) and didn?t put them outdoors to be fertilized, so no seeds. The
>> next year, one smaller spike. Their windowsill is behind a huge clump of
>> papyrus growing in a fish tank, so, out of sight, out of mind. They?
>> might have gotten a cup of fishtank water every couple of months, and no
>> fertilizer. Now they are in active growth, 19 inches tall with several
>> turns at the end of the stalks but no impressive spirals. They look
>> pretty happy, actually, and have gotten a cup of fishtank water about
>> once a week for the last four weeks.
>> Obviously, I have no idea how to grow this plant, and my experience with
>> it should not be considered as advice. Perhaps I have just found a way
>> for it to die slowly. I have underwatered rather than overwatered.
>> The fishtank is made of tile and is let into the floor. It holds about
>> 225 gallons of water, lots of fish, and several kinds of papyrus, some
>> poufs of which kiss the skylight. This water makes orchids rebloom.
>> Jane Sargent
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>> Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:20:38 -0800
>> From: "Hansen Nursery" <robin@hansennursery.com>
>> To: "'Pacific Bulb Society'" <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
>> Subject: Re: [pbs] Albuca spiralis
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>> Thanks to Uli for the photo of his Albuca!  Mine, rescued from a rotted
>> bulb
>> is gradually opening, just not as far along as Uli's, but it already is
>> exhibiting some fragrance.  He's right that some fragrant flowers can be
>> way
>> too much if you have very many!  All of the comments have been wonderful,
>> detailed and specific to the point that  I feel better about continuing to
>> try growing this genus.
>>
>> I don't know why, but I'm always shocked when I fail so miserably at
>> growing
>> something like Albuca, given that I grown a lot of other bulbs with few
>> problems....  Ah, humility is a wonderful gift if we just accept it and go
>> on!
>>
>> Robin
>> Hansen Nursery
>> robin@hansennursery.com
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