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Albuca spiralis

Post by JaneO » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:48 pm

I have a flower bud coming.....
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Re: Albuca spiralis

Post by johno » Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:51 pm

hi i have that plant about the same size as yours but no sign of a flower. looking forward to a picture of the flower.
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Re: Albuca spiralis

Post by Terry S. » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:57 am

I think that this material is of Dutch origin and they seem to be producing it on a big scale now; whether or not it is Albuca spiralis is another matter, but it is an Albuca and the leaves do spiral! It seems to be evergreen, but the main growing period is during the winter. Once properly established in your collection, you will find that it flowers about April with the greenish flowers typical of the genus. Botanists have now lumped this genus into Ornithogalum, but they are easily distinguished by their flower form.
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Re: Albuca spiralis

Post by KeithG » Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:39 pm

I agree that it seems late. Mine bloomed just over a month ago which surprised me as I thought that I had lost it because the large bulb rotted in my unheated greenhouse. I was going to toss it but I spotted new foliage coming up to the side and lo, one bloomed............
ImageAlbuca spiralis by longk48, on Flickr
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Re: Albuca spiralis

Post by John Dos » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:18 pm

Oh wow! Beautiful!
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Re: Albuca spiralis

Post by KathyM » Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:06 am

Has anyone ever managed to collect seed from their plant? I have read that Albuca spiralis is self-fertile, but I tried to pollinate the flowers last year and had no luck. But then if the Dutch grow plants aren't a true A. spiralis who knows if it's self-fertile I guess.
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Re: Albuca spiralis

Post by KeithG » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:07 am

KathyM wrote:Has anyone ever managed to collect seed from their plant? I have read that Albuca spiralis is self-fertile, but I tried to pollinate the flowers last year and had no luck. But then if the Dutch grow plants aren't a true A. spiralis who knows if it's self-fertile I guess.
My plant produced seed in 2016. I collected them and got two seedlings out of about 15 seeds. Someone on another forum got far better germination from the seed that I sent her than I did and hopes for flowers next spring.
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Re: Albuca spiralis

Post by KeithG » Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:37 am

Despite it supposedly being winter/spring blooming mine is in bloom again..............
ImageAlbuca spiralis by longk48, on Flickr

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Re: Albuca spiralis

Post by cactuspip » Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:37 pm

I acquired an Albuca Spirialis in May, at a branch meeting. It was in flower at the time with a flower spike of 8 flowers. It recently put out fresh leaves and another flower spike.
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Re: Albuca spiralis

Post by ralphrmartin » Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:02 pm

Mine's dormant.
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