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Asked by 252525 on August 12, 2012
Bulbine Care

I have bulbine plants around my landscaping, but the roots are getting brown and seem to be dying off. How do I help the roots from dying off? The stalks seem to be very green and healthy.

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It sounds like it is developing a root rot. Typically, root rots are brought on by overwatering. This plant enjoys dry conditions and will be more susceptible to root rot if placed in a place with wetter condition. If the location they are at does not dry out well, you may want to consider moving them.

Root rot can also be caused by a fungus. If you feel the location is dry enough for these plants and that they have not been overwatered, you can try treating the soil with a fungicide. Fungal root rot is difficult to control sometimes, so there is no guarantee that the fungicide will work, but there is not much else you can do for them at that point in time.

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Asked by Anonymous on November 19, 2016

I have a huge bulbine plant that has sprouted 4 others. I would like to take the side ones off to transplant them but don’t know how to go about it without damaging any of the plants. Will they grow with no roots?

Many thanks

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Propagation is easy with Bulbines as you can easily divide the plants when they are large enough.
Dig out the part of the plant you are wanting to separate by lifting the rhizomes. You can do this after the plant is done blooming.
Bulbines also will reseed quite easily.


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