Frizzle Sizzle: Learn To Grow And Care For Albuca Spiralis

Albuca Spiralis [AL-buh-Kuh, Spir-AH-liss] is one of the most unusual plants as it looks like spiral grass.

This distinctive-looking succulent plant belongs to the family of Asparagaceae and is native to South African regions.

It adds a touch of whimsy look to any garden.

Unusual looking leaves of Albuca Spiralis often called Frizzle Sizzle

The common names for Albuca Spiralis include:

  • Sticky Corkscrew Lily
  • Curly Albuca
  • Helicopter Plant
  • Slime Lily
  • Spiral Albuca
  • Spiral Leaves Albuca
  • Corkscrew Albuca

Albuca Spiralis Plants Care

Size & Growth

Corkscrew Albuca grows around 8” inches tall and forms small groups with corkscrew leaves.

The tips of the leaves curl and spiral giving it a unique appearance.

During late winter, this little plant begins growing foliage.

This is when the unique twists and curls appear creating a fascinating look.

Flowering and Fragrance

Albuca Spiralis ‘frizzle sizzle’ has flower spikes at the center bearing green flowers, sometimes yellow flowers, on individual flower stalks.

After flowering, this plant enters dormancy for the summer season.

Light & Temperature

Corkscrew Albuca prefers the full sun but also grows well in partial sun.

This plant is not frost hardy, and cold temperature might damage its bulb.

The minimum temperature required by this plant is 60° degrees Fahrenheit (15° C).

The curling leaf tips of these succulents are dependent on the conditions of the weather.

Dry and cold conditions encourage curly leaves, but the tips of the leaves stay straight and erect during warm conditions.

The hardiness zone of this plant is 8 – 10.

Watering and Feeding

This plant requires consistent watering when planting, but once it is established, switch to light watering.

The bulbs must be annually fertilized during the early spring season using an all-purpose fertilizer.

It will require regular feed during its growing season.

Ensure it gets diluted and balanced liquid feed monthly.

Feed the plant after slightly wetting it.

Soil & Transplanting

The frizzle sizzle plant prefers well-drained soil.

A mixture of sand and loam helps with the growth of this plant.

Alkaline, acidic, and neutral soil pH levels are fine.

Grooming and Maintenance

Albuca ‘frizzle sizzle’ is easy to care for when planted in the right location of the garden with good drainage.

It needs average moisture and moderately fertile soil.

Remove the spent foliage when it turns yellow and starts to wilt.

Albuca is a cool-season plant, new plant growth isn’t initiated till fall’s cooling effects are felt.

The dormancy period of this plant starts around late May.

Not having much foliage during summer is natural.

Even when there is foliage during this season, it might appear ratty.

However, as long as the underground bulb is firm, the plant is in good condition.

The appearance will start improving during the fall season.

How to Propagate Frizzle Sizzle

  • The propagation of Albuca ‘frizzle sizzle’ is done using offsets.
  • Divide them away from the parent plant and grow them separately.
  • Not all species of this plant produce offsets, which is why seeds are often used for propagation.
  • The germination process of fresh seeds starts a week after sowing.
  • The right time to plant the seeds is when the parent plants are resprouting actively.
  • Ensure the seeds are planted quickly since the viability duration of the seed is around six months.
  • After plantation, ensure the seedlings are somewhat moist in a warm area and under medium light.
  • After a period of three years, the plant might look different from its parent plant since it is relatively easy for the seeds to hybridize.

Frizzle Sizzle Pest or Diseases

This plant doesn’t experience significant pests and disease problems, which makes it an ideal house plant and home garden plant.

However, frost damage and excess water may result in rotten bulbs during its growing period.

Albuca Spiralis Uses

This eye-catching little plant looks excellent as a windowsill plant, in a rock garden, containers, patio, and slopes.