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More bulbine

Post by Astro » Sun May 02, 2021 6:08 am

Some of my bulbines are still in flower, but I've pretty much stopped watering most of them. One exception is mesembryanthoides, which I keep ticking over during the summer (in a more shaded and cooler spot) so it never loses its leaves completely. It's still in full flower, but the stronger sun and drier conditions have transformed the plants.
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Re: More bulbine

Post by Herts Mike » Sun May 02, 2021 7:16 am

Looking lovely!
Mine also in flower and I also keep it ticking over through summer.
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Post by Herts Mike » Sun May 02, 2021 9:50 am

Here’s the flower. Mine came from Terry Smale so is quite precious.
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Post by Rogan » Sun May 02, 2021 10:10 am

Your home-grown ones are beautiful but, spot the Bulbine in my "back yard"! 😀
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Post by Stuart » Sun May 02, 2021 10:23 am

It helped to be told that it was there somewhere, and having the flower spike, otherwise I'd never have spotted it. Are there many more in the same area?

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Post by Rogan » Sun May 02, 2021 10:41 am

Scattered here and there; I was investigating the Haworthia colony before I noticed the bulbines. This whole area is protected from predation by the fierce spines of Macledium spinosum, a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae).
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Post by ralphrmartin » Sun May 02, 2021 7:27 pm

Interesting. My Bulbine mesembryanthemoides dies right off.
Yours appear to be the form with truncated leaves, which I think makes them ssp. namaquensis, whereas mine has pointed leaves, which I think makes it ssp. mesembryanthemoides.
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Post by MatDz » Sun May 02, 2021 10:51 pm

I might just have purchased a pointy specimen off eBay, so the truncated one is left to be found!

I even considered joining SABG just to find one, but I didn't see them on the last year's swap list and figured out it'll be a stretch. The hunt continues!
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Post by Astro » Sun May 02, 2021 11:02 pm

Pointed leaves are a function of water and bright sunlight, but mostly water. If I water mine generously they all have transparent, pointed lead tips. Those tips will collapse and dry out if the plant is left dry for a few week (which I do on purpose, since I like them better with flat leaves).

Ssp namaquensis vs mesembryanthemoides is (in my understanding) related to the number of leaves in a rosette (two for namaquensis, a large and a small leaf, and many leaves for mesembr). Mine are ssp mesembr, but if kept on a short leash with small rosettes they can be almost as tidy as ssp namaquensis.

I've grown quite a few of these (part of a sowing experiment that was too successful), now mostly sold to make room for other Bulbines :)

Some pictures to show plants with different aspects, depending pretty much only on how generously I watered them:

Lush specimen, was overwatered and probably in a shaded spot. The leaf tips can be quite long (1 or 2 cm).
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More seedlings with pointed leaves:
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Leaf tips starting to collapse. Young leaves still have the pointy look. Note the remnants of the leaf tips still clinging to the tops of the leaves.
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Older picture, this plant is now pretty much level with the soil:
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Post by Aiko » Sun May 02, 2021 11:21 pm

MatDz wrote:
Sun May 02, 2021 10:51 pm
I even considered joining SABG just to find one, but I didn't see them on the last year's swap list and figured out it'll be a stretch. The hunt continues!
The list changes year to year. It all depends on what has been donated that year by members.
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