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Ledebouria socialis Care Sheet for Open Succulent Terrarium

Common Names

  • Silver Squill
  • Wood Hyacinth


  • Asparagaceae


  • Native to South Africa

Light Requirements

  • Bright, Indirect Light: Place the terrarium in a location where it receives bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves.

Temperature and Humidity

  • Temperature: Thrives in temperatures between 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C). Can tolerate lower temperatures, but avoid exposure to frost.
  • Humidity: Prefers low to moderate humidity. An open terrarium will provide adequate air circulation, preventing excessive humidity buildup.


  • Water Sparingly: Ledebouria socialis is drought-tolerant. Water the soil thoroughly but allow it to dry out completely between waterings. Overwatering can lead to bulb rot.
  • Frequency: During the growing season (spring and summer), water every 2-3 weeks. Reduce watering in the dormant period (fall and winter) to once a month or less.


  • Well-Draining Soil: Use a succulent or cactus potting mix. Ensure the mix contains components like sand, perlite, or pumice to improve drainage.


  • Moderate Feeding: Fertilize sparingly. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength once a month during the growing season. Do not fertilize during the dormant period.

Potting and Containers

  • Terrarium Type: An open terrarium is ideal as it provides adequate air circulation, reducing the risk of fungal infections and rot.
  • Container Size: Ensure the container is shallow and wide to accommodate the spread of the bulbs and roots.


  • Pruning: Remove any dead or yellowing leaves to maintain plant health and appearance.
  • Repotting: Repot every 2-3 years or when the plant outgrows its current container. Spring is the best time for repotting.


  • Division: The easiest method is by dividing the bulbs during repotting. Separate the offsets from the mother plant and plant them in individual containers or spaces within the terrarium.
  • Seeds: Can also be grown from seeds, though this method is slower and less commonly used.

Pests and Problems

  • Pests: Generally pest-resistant but can occasionally attract mealybugs or spider mites. Inspect regularly and treat with insecticidal soap or neem oil if necessary.
  • Diseases: Root rot due to overwatering is the most common issue. Ensure proper watering practices and well-draining soil to prevent this.

Additional Tips

  • Bulb Exposure: Allow the bulbs to be slightly exposed above the soil surface for optimal growth and aesthetics.
  • Terrarium Placement: Place the terrarium in a well-ventilated area to prevent stagnant air and excess humidity.

By following these care guidelines, Ledebouria socialis will thrive in your open succulent terrarium, providing a unique and attractive addition to your plant collection.

Ledebouria socialis - adult plant

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