Bulbine - Bulbilla frutescens - Sow, plant, divide, care -

Bulbine - Bulbilla frutescens - Sow, plant, divide, care -

Bulbine, Bulbilla frutescens, flowering spikes of the sun….

The bulbine is a flowering perennial, not very rustic, chilly, which offers beautiful flowering stems in the garden. She likes poor soils and in all circumstances very drained. It is a magnificent plant for many reasons: the spikes it forms, orange, which can reach 60 cm in height, then the flowers themselves, small, star-shaped, with 6 orange petals, oval and pointed, with stamens bright yellow downy, which bloom from mid-spring to summer, on first cooling. The flowers attract a lot of pollinating insects. Its long, bold, blue-green, cylindrical, magnificent foliage is erect and blends with the flowering stems! The plant also produces small fruits that contain a winged seed that the wind will gently drive to take root elsewhere ....
It is a rhizomatous plant native to Cape Town (South Africa). It is beautiful and it is useful for landscaping the garden where you want to resist drought, because the bulbin supports it perfectly. It can even cover a nice area of ​​garden soil ... When necessary or just for your viewing pleasure, it is still better than earth turned to dust.

Botanical name:

• Bulbilla Frutescens

Plant info:

• Cycle: Perennial
• Foliage: Persistent
• Hardiness: Not very hardy plant (-7 ° C)
• Family: Asphodelaceae, Asphodelaceae
• Harbor : Tuft and flowered stem erected
• Exhibition: Sun
• Ground : Poor soil, rather dry, very drained
• Sowing: Early spring
• Plantation: Spring or fall
• Flowering: May to September
• Fruiting: from summer
• Rooting: Rhizomes
• Cultivation area: See the France or Quebec hardiness map
• Origin: Africa (Cape Town)
• Honey plant: Yes
• Edible plant: medical properties
• Poisonous Plant: No

Particularities of bulbin:

• The freshly cut leaves produce a jelly that can be used against mild burns, rashes, blisters, insect bites, chapped lips, acne, cold sores….
When infused, the fresh leaves in a cup of boiling water make a drink that would help treat coughs, colds and arthritis.
• The fruits contain a black seed.

What benefits to the bulbilla frutescens garden:

• Easy to grow.
• Very rapid growth.
• Superb flowering.

What exhibition?

• Sun

What soil?

• Poor, dry to normal.

Method of multiplication of bulbin?

• Sowing, division.

A word from the gardener:

Bulbine, Bulbilla frutescens, multiplies quickly on the one hand thanks to its rhyzomatous system. practice division every 3 years to regenerate the root ball.

When to divide bulbilla frutescens?

• The division can be done in the spring, around April.

How to divide it?

• With a spade fork, make sure to lift the root ball without damaging the roots.
• Place the spade far enough to pass far enough below the plant and its root system.
• Then, with a disinfected cutting knife, or possibly a spade, cut the tuft.
• Be careful not to damage the small roots on the rhizomes.
• Choose the location for transplanting.
• Loosen the soil and clean it of stones.
• Transplant the bulbine divisions every 40 to 60 cm in all directions.
• Water lightly.

Or prepare scoops of bulbilla frutescens ready to give:

• Prepare medium cups filled with special cactus substrate.
• Add one sparkle per cup.
• Water and keep the soil slightly moist, especially not sip.

When to sow the bulbin?

• Under shelter, in spring, at the end of March or April at 20-25 ° C

How to sow it?

As mentioned above, germination needs a high enough temperature to set.
• In a box filled with a special substrate for cacti (cactus).
• Moisten the potting soil.
• Sow the seeds loosely and cover them lightly with substrate.
• Tamp.
• Cover the box to hold an oven.
• Keep the soil moist.
• Sow the seeds, not too tight, on the surface and tamp.
• Cover the seeds with just a few millimeters of seed soil.
• Keep the soil moist, hands not sip, until it emerges.
• When the plants bear a few leaves
• Place them in a cup and keep them a few weeks before transplanting in the garden.

When to plant

• In spring from April until May.

How to plant it?

• Work the soil on a small height of the spade.
• Amend the soil with potting soil mixed with 30/60% sand.
• Place the plant (s) in pots, 30 to 60 cm apart between plants.
• Recap and tamp.
• Water without gorging.
• Watch for the first few days the recovery, thereafter it is no longer necessary to water.

Culture in pots?

• Use a pierced earthenware pot 30 or 40 cm wide.
• Fill it with a thin layer of gravel, then a well-drained mixture.
• Water for the first time.
• The roots can be fragile, it is necessary to shelter the pot for the winter except in privileged regions.

Interview :

• Divide every 3 years.
• Mulch the stump for the winter, even in mild regions.

Flowering bulbin:

• Flowering from May until September. Or depending on, the first cold snap marks the end of flowering.


Bulbine, Bulbilla frutescens, is the type species, not another cultivated variety.

Bubline disease:

• No illness.
• But the plant can suffer from poorly drained soil that retains too much moisture.
• She is also very sensitive to cold.

What to plant with?

• Hunnemannias, aptenia, lavender, edraianthus and generally all plants which like poor soils and which flower in summer.

Use :

ATa garden: In clumps, in mixture of flowers of poor and dry soil, in exposed slope, in ground cover.
• Without garden:
in a large terracotta pot of 40 cm in the sun garden, a terrace, in a light, poor substrate, cacti type,

Picture by Stan Shebs - picked on - CC BY-SA 3.0.

Quick sheet:

Lunar calendar of the garden - May 2021

Lunar calendar for the month of May 2021 to garden with the moon. A lot of sowing needs to be done, young plants to transplant or tubers to plant, take the opportunity to pay attention to the moon!

Flower days, you can replant the May 1 lily of the valley that you have bought in a pot, and after the Ice Saints, you can sow all the flowers that you sing about, as well as the cauliflowers and broccoli.

Leaf days, you will plant the ferns and, if you like them, the rhubarb and the lovage, as well as the basil. Sow the spinach, watercress, chicory, kale, lettuce, arugula, chard, parsley.

Fruit days, wherever you live, you can finally plant tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, peppers, zucchini, etc. Renew your strawberry plants if necessary, and harvest the first strawberries!

Root days, plant the late potatoes and transplant the leeks. You will be able to start sowing the storage carrots, beets, rutabagas or cabbage-turnips.

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