On May 20, 2010, hardyinokc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:
After a severe winter season, I was totally surprised to find that my bulbine survived the winter planted in the ground. The bed was mulched with 4-6" of straw over the winter. I noticed this week that it is coming back from the roots.
On Oct 13, 2009, RioRosie from Harlingen, TX wrote:
I had a corner of my yard that I thought was cursed. Nothing would grow there.
This area of the yard gets full, blazing hot sun for 8-10 hours of the day in Deep South Texas (10 miles from the US-Mexico border).
I finally bought a couple bulbine and put them into the ground, watered them with some Miracle Gro. Within days, they started sending up flowers. They took hold and are just beautiful after only a few weeks, continually sending up more and more flowers.
I haven't done anything special with them: they're out there, baking in the relentless heat and are filling in very nicely. I water a couple times a week, unless it rains.
Buoyed by my success, I bought two more bulbine and planted them in my neighbor-lady's garden. (She has terrible luck with all plants and her yard was looking very sparse.) The bulbine are thriving in her yard with almost no attention.
We now have hummingbirds regularly visiting the yard--they move from the bulbine to the hibiscus. Such a treat!
I love this plant because it takes care of itself, with little attention from a nongardener. I have a Bulbine grouping under a redbud tree in my front yard in Dallas, and it does well with dappled sunlight.
I bought two of these while visiting Texas last week. As soon as I put them on the patio, hummingbirds began to visit them. I'm always looking for plants that hummingbirds like and bulbine fits the bill.
On Jun 9, 2008, Bulbifan from Roodepoort South Africa wrote:
Easy grower. Grows in South Africa and used by traditional healers as a face beautifier and for cracked lips in winter. My own experience: It is an excelent treatment for the following... Insect bites and stings (bees and mosquitos), sunburn, bleeding stopper, skin rasches, and a lady with facial skin cancer can testify that her cancer has gone since using the sap on her face. I saw it and she retained no marks afterwards. I have had it in my garden for 3 years, and will keep it as long as I live. If you mix the sap with Aquous cream, you can take it with you on holiday.
On Mar 16, 2008, ogrejelly from Gilbert, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:
This beauty did so well in the Phoenix area until the dead of summer when it just cooked. It almost made it through the sumemr but it was just too hot in the full sun all day. I just bought another and will place him in partial shade to try again. I hope it works as this was one of my favorites.
The other cool thing is that this plant can work in a variety of landscapes.
On Aug 3, 2005, Stuber from Fernandina Beach, FL wrote:
Grows well here in N. Florida (8b-9a) and readily available in garden centers, flea markets, farmers markets, etc. None I've seen flower as heavily as in some of the attached photos, however, and they tend to get a bit "leggy" looking in these parts at times. May be a function of the higher humidity and rainfall we experience than Texas and other areas where it appears to be quite popular.
On Mar 13, 2005, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Atlanta - about three years ago, I bought two of these. Planted one and kept the other in a container. The planted one did not make it over the winter and the container one was over wintered the garage. It is now very big and needing repotting. Lovely plant but I think Atlanta was too cold for it to live outside.
On Jun 16, 2004, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Great little plant, very easy to grow. To propagate, simply break off "plantlets" (sections of the plant made up of three to six green "leaves" ~ look at the closeup pic I posted and it'll be obvious what I'm talking about) and pot them up in free draining soil just to the crown (right below where the "leaves" start turning green). Keep them watered after they dry out.
I have both orange/yellow flowered form and the yellow flowered form. Both are easily propagated this way.
On Aug 20, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
San Antonio, TX
A native of South Africa, the bulbine is commonly called burn jelly plant because the sap in the leaves is used for healing burns,cuts, stings and rashes in the same way an aloe vera is used. Pest and disease free, quite drought resistent (withstanding several weeks without supplemental water if necessary), long bloom time (almost all year), blooms do not fade for a long period, requiring little fertilizer, fast growth, easily propagated, not fussy about soil (except it must be well drained), evergreen (withstood 19 degree weather), likes the heat and showy - what more could one ask for! I am delighted with this plant which should be utilized more.
Do not over water, especially in fall and winter.
Give enough room to spread.
Deadhead blooms as they fully dry to encourage new blooms.
Do not over fertilize.
If you have a sunny spot where nothing grows, plant itthere.
"Hallmark" (orange) is more compact than the yellow variety
whose flower spikes tend to fall over in the wind. I like Hallmark best because it is "more tidy".
Be sure to plant deep enough - the dirt should be almost even with the base of the leaves - otherwise the plant will topple over from its own weight. Also, this encourages rooting and spreading of the plant.
On Feb 5, 2003, Biddy from Cape Town South Africa wrote:
I bought this plant about 3 months ago. It is in the full sun in a pot it has now overgrown. It has turned about to be one of the most beautiful sights in my garden. It is mid-summer now and it is blooming profusely. The blooms seem to stretch out towards the sun....like a sunflower does!
An easy, water-wise plants with great results.
Love it and recommend it.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Florala, Alabama Gilbert, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Aliso Viejo, California Brentwood, California Carmichael, California Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California Clayton, California Lemoore, California San Diego, California San Jose, California Atlantis, Florida Boyette, Florida Chiefland, Florida Crystal River, Florida De Land, Florida Fernandina Beach, Florida Hobe Sound, Florida Holt, Florida Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports) Lake City, Florida Melbourne Beach, Florida Niceville, Florida North De Land, Florida Oakland, Florida Ocoee, Florida Palm Coast, Florida (2 reports) Pebble Creek, Florida Pensacola, Florida Port Charlotte, Florida Siesta Key, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Wellborn, Florida Kihei, Hawaii Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports) Alamogordo, New Mexico Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Fair Play, South Carolina Alice, Texas Austin, Texas (3 reports) Briarcliff, Texas Dallas, Texas Deer Park, Texas Desoto, Texas Dripping Springs, Texas Elgin, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Haltom City, Texas Hideaway, Texas Houston, Texas Humble, Texas Mckinney, Texas New Braunfels, Texas Palm Valley, Texas Port Lavaca, Texas Redwood, Texas Richmond, Texas Rockport, Texas Round Rock, Texas Royse City, Texas San Angelo, Texas San Antonio, Texas Santa Fe, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas (2 reports)