If you’ve been looking for an unusual plant to add to your collection, I have a perfect idea for you. Meet the Frizzle Sizzle, the species renowned for its green foliage and curly growth habit.
It will definitely cheer up your indoor space and won’t cause you much trouble when growing it.
Frizzle Sizzles can reach 8 inches tall, making them perfect for smaller spaces. If you meet all its requirements, it will reward you with blooms during the winter.
In this article, I’ll show you a complete Frizzle Sizzle care guide and tell you how to get more of these fantastic plants!
Let’s get started!
A Complete Frizzle Sizzle Care Guide
Also known as Albuca spiralis, the Frizzle Sizzle plant grows best if exposed to bright indirect light. This captivating succulent needs approximately 6 to 7 hours of sunlight per day.
You should never expose it to harsh sun rays because it can result in the leaves burning. Find a spot near a south-facing window for a thriving Frizzle Sizzle.
Perfect Soil Type
This adorable plant is classified as succulent, which means it requires a loose and quick-draining potting mix.
The easiest way is to purchase a ready made potting mix designed specifically for succulents or cactuses. This mix already contains well-draining materials, such as perlite and horticultural sand.
If you already have some standard potting soil at hand, you can amend it with materials such as perlite, pumice, sand, or orchid bark.
Never grow your Frizzle Sizzle in compact soil because it can lead to poor root growth and waterlogging.
Frizzle Sizzles grow best in moist soil, so your goal is to water it whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. It requires more water during the growing season but you should be careful not to overwater it. Remember that this plant grows actively during the colder months.
If you ensure the perfect conditions, you will most likely need to irrigate your curly plant once a week during the active growth.
Soil may dry sooner, so you’ll need to check it every 3 to 4 days. If the soil doesn’t dry in a week, it may be too compact and retain too much water. This means you’ll need to amend it with the materials I described above.
When your Frizzle Sizzle enters dormancy, it will need watering approximately every 3-4 weeks. Make sure the soil is completely dry and then add water!
Temperature And Humidity
The spiralis species flourish at temperatures ranging from 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooler temperatures, i.e., around 50 degrees, can cause the plant to exit dormancy sooner than it should.
If you live in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11, you can keep your Frizzle Sizzle outdoors.
Your Albuca spiralis will benefit from feeding during the growing period. I recommend using a liquid, well-balanced fertilizer, such as triple 10.
You can expect the first signs of new growth in the fall, which is the perfect time to apply the first dose of fertilizer. Keep feeding your curly plant once a month throughout the growing season.
Liquid fertilizers work best when applied to wet soil so feed your Frizzle Sizzle after watering.
How To Propagate The Frizzle Sizzle
The great thing about this curly succulent is that it generates small bulblets and you can use them for plant propagation.
The best time to propagate your Frizzle Sizzle is during its dormant stage, which is in summer.
Propagation will give you new plants and also enhance nutrient availability for the existing rootbound plants.
These plants have a strong root system and don’t like being rootbound.
Here are the steps for propagating your cute curly plant.
1. Prepare the equipment required for propagation; a free-draining potting mix, clean and sharp garden snips, and a small pot.
2. Take your Frizzle Sizzle out of its current pot and loosen the soil around the roots.
3. Now you have two options: remove the bulblet from the root system using the garden snips or by carefully tugging it.
4. Take a small pot and fill it with the prepared growing medium. Put your Frizzle Sizzle bulblet in the pot, making sure the upper ¾ of the bulb is above the soil surface.
5. Place the bulb in a spot where it can get a lot of bright indirect light. Irrigate the soil whenever you notice it’s dry on the surface.
6. Once the fall arrives, expose the bulb to colder temperatures to wake it up from dormancy. When it displays new growth, follow the typical care guide for the Frizzle Sizzle plant.
Getting The Frizzle Sizzle To Bloom
This plant is mainly grown for its captivating foliage. However, it can generate blossoms if the conditions are perfect.
The flowering stalks typically appear in late winter or early spring. They give rise to approximately a dozen scented blossoms.
They’re showy and add more beauty to this spectacular plant. But, there’s one thing you should know. This unusual curly succulent plant changes after blooming; its foliage straightens and the tips turn brown.
Therefore, you need to choose between curly foliage and blossoms – you can’t have both.
If you prefer curly leaves, you need to cut the stalks before the blossoms appear.
Those who would like to see blossoms but aren’t getting any should check the temperature. If temperatures are too consistent, the plant can’t generate flowers. Frizzle Sizzles display new growth in cooler temperatures and it’s the only way to encourage them to bloom.
A temperature range of 50-60 degrees will encourage blooming in this succulent; if you keep it indoors, put it somewhere near windows or doors.
The blossoms of the Albuca spiralis plant come in bright yellow and they point downwards. The scent is very strong and resembles creamy vanilla.
How To Care For The Frizzle Sizzle After Blooming
Flowering is the last stage of growth in this succulent before it enters the dormancy stage. Each blossom lasts approximately a week, so you can expect the flowering season to last for about a month.
After the blossoms fade out, the stalk and the rest of the leaves will turn yellow and dry out.
Cut back on watering to allow your Frizzle Sizzle to shed its leaves.
This adorable succulent adds a special touch to plant collections but it’s not easy to provide it with the right conditions. Light exposure and watering schedule play a major role in Frizzle Sizzle development.
Here are some common issues that can occur if all requirements aren’t met.
Leaves Turning Yellow
The leaves of this plant are light green, so if they’re becoming pale and turning yellow, something is wrong. Plant leaves can turn yellow due to a few reasons but for the Frizzle Sizzle, the main ones are overwatering and poor drainage.
The first step to fix yellowing in this succulent is to cut back on watering. If it doesn’t help and your plant is getting weaker, you must repot it in quick-draining soil.
Too much water in the soil can lead to rotting in Frizzle Sizzle bulbs. I recommend checking the bulbs if the leaves turn yellow; mushy and discolored bulbs are a telltale sign of rotting.
If your Frizzle Sizzle is severely infected with fungus, repotting may not help and the plant will most likely die out. Prevent this issue by creating a perfect watering schedule.
Browning of the leaf tips in a Albuca spiralis plant may indicate that the plant is receiving too much full sun.
Your Frizzle Sizzle needs a lot of light to keep its curly leaves but it should never be direct. All you need to do is find a new location; a spot near a south-facing window will work best.
If such a spot isn’t available, filter the light for your Frizzle Sizzle by putting sheer curtains on the windows.
That’s it! This is a truly unique plant species and if you want to keep it happy and healthy, you should follow all our care tips.