Albuca Humilis

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Albuca humilis, is a native of South Africa a bulbous rhizome. Its bulbs are white thus the genus name albuca. This name is derived from the Latin word Albus which means ‘white.’

Scientific NameAlbuca Humilis.
Other NamesOrnithogalum Humile.
Growth SeasonIt grows and blooms in winter and spring.
DormancyIt grows dormant in summer when it sheds leaves after growth and blooming.
ToxicityThis succulent is mildly toxic to animals.
Albuca Humilis Summary

Albuca Humilis Physical Characteristics

It can reach a height of one meter and a width of three-quarters of a meter.

This plant is a rhizome. The bulb from which it grows is white and oval, while the leaves are green and smooth. Each plant has a minimum of two and a maximum of four leaves. They are narrow, glabrous, and long. It loses its leaves in winter as an energy-saving mechanism where the bulb remains the only living part of the plant. It shoots again in spring and forms leaves in summer, and the cycle goes on.

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Its flowers have a white-green hue, each of which has six petals. Petals are white for the most part, but each of them has a green stripe on the edges. The innermost petals of the flower have tallow edges, giving the flower three colors: white, green, and yellow. Besides color, the flowers have a strong, pleasant smell.

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Albuca Humilis Plant Care

Watering: You should water this Albuca Humilis sparingly, like most other succulents. The best way to water this plant is using the soak and dry method, where you only water the plant after the moisture from the previous drink is over. Avoid watering it during dormancy.

Sunlight: Albuca Humilis prefers whole light, which is necessary for regeneration, growth, and flowering. You also stay alert to the intensity of sunlight. If it’s too harsh, you should put it indoors or use protection. Keep an eye on your plant. If it starts looking sad or the leaves lose their color, it might ask for more light. But if it’s getting too much sun and the leaves turn brown, a bit of shade could be just what it needs.

Fertilizer: You may need to add fertilizer to increase your plant’s health and feed the succulent with a well-mixed house plant fertilizer. Feed your Albuca humilis with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. You should follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for succulent safety.

Temperatures: The best temperature for Albuca Humilis growth ranges from 50oF to 75oF.

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Albuca Humilis Growth

You can propagate Albuca humilis using seeds that grow quite well on moist ground. A seed, once sowed, germinates within a week. It is possible to propagate these plants from bulbs. After uprooting, some bulbs are already divided and can be easily separated with hands. You then proceed to plant the divided bulbs and the succulent forms quickly.

It doesn’t need pruning or trimming, and repotting is only necessary when the plant double’s in size.

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