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Pregnant Onion

Posted by Enterotoxigenic00 none (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 12, 12 at 15:38

I have a pregnant onion (Ornithogalum caudatum or Ornithogalum longibracteatum) I've had her about 5 years, sometimes she gives babies sometimes not. Right now I want to repot her in my new mix or if someone has a better idea please let me know. My question is how deep should she be planted. Right now she's planted half way up the bulb. Is this enough? Not enough?
Thanks in advance.

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RE: Pregnant Onion

For me, this is an easy plant. I put it in a fast draining mix and plant it to the bottom edge of the bulb but I don't think you're going wrong with what you're doing.

If you like pregnant onions, look for the climbing onion (fun plant) bowiea volublis.


RE: Pregnant Onion

Extero. When you say babies, do you mean bulblets? New bulbs?

If you haven't yet repotted, you'd be surprised the number of bulbs growing under soil.

Two years ago, someone asked for a bulb. I had to unpot mom to retrieve a bulb. What I discovered was amazing. Numerous tiny bulblets inside the soil.

How wide is the pot your PO's is living?

Susan's right about Bowiea. It too devolops new bulblets.


Although PO's blooms are insignifant, I'm happy when they bloom. :) Toni

RE: Pregnant Onion

Hey Toni, I'm glad you posted.
I received the Bowiea from Shoal Creek about a month ago and I left it in my car overnight when it was hot. It looks ok but the green foliage is brown. If I cut that off, will it resprout? I don't think the plant rotted.

Anyway, the other day I received the volubilis "Nana" which looks very much like the picture you posted.

**Off topic** I got one of those variegated callisia fragrans from Ebay!!! Love it!

RE: Pregnant Onion

Hi Susan. Funny, I got my Bowiea from SC 2009 though.

As long as the bulb is firm, no need to worry. Foliage comes and goes..

If you cut back the brown, grassy growth, new 'might/should' sprout.

Have pics?

You won the variegated Callisia!! Great. It's difficult winning, espeically from 'that' seller. Toni

RE: Pregnant Onion

Hopefulauthor I was able to poke around in the soil I found a few little bulblets. For the last few years she has been planted in 6" pot, the same one obI bought her in.
Mom is a about 3".
I love your amazing onion!

RE: Pregnant Onion

Hi here is a picture of my pregnant onion....linda


RE: Pregnant Onion

Exterior..thank you.
Did you seperate baby bulblets from the soil? Or let be?

Linda, very nice PO. I love the pot yours is planted in. Perfect size.

What's growing in the terrarium?

Here's a pic of my PO..should have taken it down, and trimmed brown
The brown stem off the right side was a flower.

Pregnant Onion

RE: Pregnant Onion

Here's my pregnant onions I just took a few minutes ago-

RE: Pregnant Onion

And here's my Bowiea volubilis with it's crazy hair, this picture is also from today. There's 3 in there, but the other two are babies, and the big one is starting a second stem, they also just got over from having mealy bugs a few months ago, that's why it's kinda rough on the tops from me cleaning them-

RE: Pregnant Onion

FlowerPot..very nice. Your PO grows different than mine..Is yours in a shallow or deep pot? Toni

RE: Pregnant Onion

Hopeful..I left the baby bulblets on mom.
I'm starting to think about winter coming,
I know, not for a few months, but it will
be here before I know it. Space may be a
problem this year. My collection has grown
for some reason!

I somehow came home with a stunning moonshine
sanseveira from Lowe's. Also I had to 'save'
a neighbor ladies dying pot of cacti that were
dried and yellow. It might be my eyes but I
swear after a few drinks of water it's starting
to green up. And now I find myself looking at

I am sure DH would like to thank all of you
for giving me inspiration (ideas)! lol

RE: Pregnant Onion

Enter..Yep, GW is inspirational, all
I too have added at least 200 plants since GW membership in 2002 ??.

It's too easy, online ordering is a click of a few buttons.

I must be tired..When you wrote, 'it might be my eyes but I swear after a few started to green up.' LOL

My dh feels the same as yours...don't worry, he'll come around, get used to the idea. lol.

My PO has several bulbs, but Boweia has one.
No, I wouldn't remove bulb/s this time of year..I don't know how to remove bulb from Boweia and baby are closely attached.

PO bulbs grow inside soil, so there's no threat removing. Still, I'd wait until spring to plant seperately. Faster rooting, in spring.

Tell DH you're making the house look pretty. :) Toni

RE: Pregnant Onion

Hi, just one thing to add to what you said Toni...
the plants also clean the air, so its healthier for you....
and you are so right, after joining GW my collection has grown in all ways healthier plants and more

RE: Pregnant Onion


My PO is in a somewhat shallow pot, about 3 inches deep. It also has babies growing under the dirt also.

None of my baby PO ever seem to grow past the baby stage....they never grow roots or stems. I leave them on the mother til they fall off, but they just sit there doing nothing...I don't get it. I must be doing something wrong....


RE: Pregnant Onion

Linda, good reason to add more plants..Cleans the air. I love that excuse. lol.
Although it is true..

Think how healthy we all are!!! :)

FPT. You know, the baby bulbs in my PO pot don't grow much either. I think the reason is, 'if they're under/inside soil,' they don't get light..w/o light, very few plants grow.

When I bought my PO, all that was sent was a tiny bulb, 'same size as those in soil, under 1-inch.' I thought, what's this?? lol
If they're seperated and placed in their own pot/s, in sun, they will get bigger, in time. It took years before my bulb resembed a bulb..

I never rooted a PO bulb, so don't know how it's done..maybe set one in soil, right-side-up??

RE: Pregnant Onion

Hi here is my PO, cleaned up and a pot full of baby bulbs..



I have always just set them on the soil and let them grow..
I have given so many away, theres a lot out there...
I have to admit that since hubby and I no longer smoke the house is cleaner and fresher andmy plants do grow alot better, so I guess its healthier all arround.....linda

RE: Pregnant Onion

Emerald! Your POs look so healthy. Love the 'nursery'
It is important with DH to focus on the 'clean air'
aspect of having so many plants.

BTW the pot of old dried up cacti from an neighbor
have perked up...after a drink or two of water.
They are turning green and have 5 flowers that
should open soon. I should have taken pictures
before I gave it a drink and added fresh soil.
The whole pot of cacti were yellow-brown and
shriveled up. I think it was pirate_girl who
wrote wait before throwing it out. I had wanted
to dump out the whole bunch of cacti to use
the amazing clay pot for a large collection
of succulents. Glad I waited.

RE: Pregnant Onion

Linda, there ya go.. A way to root PO bulblets.

How long do they take to root? Will they slow down now that daylight is shorter?
You will soon have a zillion PO'

How long have you been without a cig?

Enter..What type of Cactus do you have? Toni

RE: Pregnant Onion

Hi anyone have a extra Bowiea-climbing onion to trade..I posted on the exchange page.....linda

RE: Pregnant Onion

Hopeful..I don't know what kind of cactus it is! I've
been searching the web. It may be an echinopsis?
I was going to take a pic this afternoon, it had
bloomed this a.m. but by the time the battery was
charged on my camera the sky darkened and the pretty
flower closed!

RE: Pregnant Onion

Hi Toni...I didn't answer your ???
some already have it doesn't take long, next summer they all should be as big as quarters...
I think I have had mine for about 6 years and there as big as baseballs...
how big is your Bowiea and how big was it when you got it and how long have you had it???
I quit smoking about 5 years ago...
I stopped cold turkey after I was told I would end up in a wheel I quit and I keep walking.....linda

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