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Aichryson

Aichryson

The name Albuca comes from the Greek word "albus" which means "white", named for the fact that the first species of this genus produced white flowers. Albuca was first collected in the 1800s and today we can count 150 recognized species. The plants in the genus Albuca are generally known as "slime lilies" because of the slimy sap that the plant exudes when damaged. These succulents have a bulb at the base, from which long, narrow leaves sprout, During the inflorescence period small white or yellow, slightly fragrant and adorably graceful flowers bloom. Here are some tips for its cultivation: It loves intense light, but it is preferable to keep it under direct sun only in the cooler hours of the day. It adapts well to all temperatures but prefers mild-cool ones, it survives easily even temperatures close to 0 degrees, but just at the condition that the soil is kept completely dry; it can be grown outside if in mild climates. In winter it is recommended to water sparingly, only when the soil is completely dry, in order to avoid the risk of rotting. Since this plant is from the other hemisphere, in warm periods it goes into vegetative rest, so it is necessary to suspend the watering. Moreover, in that period it loses its leaves, that will grow back in the vegetative period. A well-draining soil is an optimal solution to avoid rotting the bulb, even better if further enriched with inert materials such as pumice, sand or lapilli. Albuca do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year, preferably at the start of the spring. It prefers very bright spaces, while avoiding direct sunlight which would risk burning the leaves. It loves mild temperatures, between 20 and 25 ° C. In winter it is advisable to place it sheltered, as it tolerates little temperatures below 10 ° C. We recommend abundant but not too frequent watering in summer, while in winter it is advisable to reduce the water supply and only intervene when the plant visibly needs it. A strongly draining substrate is optimal, with soil for succulents enriched with sand and inert materials such as pumice or volcanic rocks. They do not need frequent fertilization, it will be sufficient to dilute fertilizer with watering once a year.