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Slime lily

Albuca canadensis

Albuca, Sentry in the box, Albuca maxima (Eng.)

The Slime lily is a winter growing bulb with a very short summer dormancy. It makes a beautiful early spring display. Although this species is native to South Africa, its name is misleading and due to misplaced labeling, it also has reportedly become naturalized in Italy. It was later renamed Albuca maxima, but rules state that the first name always stays.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Winter, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest seeds when they matured after flowering.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, in a cool, well-lit spot, outdoors.
Division
Divide the bulbs when they are not in a growing phase. Allow them to grow a year or two attached to the mother bulb first before removing!

Special features

Drought resistant
The plant survive dry summers by being dormant.
Pot plant
Loves growing in a pot, pots usually have better drainage than garden beds.
Attractive flowers
Flowers are hermaphrodite with nodding or drooping flower heads that appear like little bells. Three petals flare outside, while three petals form a mid channel.

Geography

Origin
Southern Africa
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Potted plants
These bulbs happily grow in pots.

Personality

Family
Hyacinthaceae
Flower colour
, White, Green, Bicolour
Scent
None

Problems

No known pests or diseases, but to not over-water.

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