Pregnant onion - Knowledgebase Question

San Antonio, Te
Question by gracecowey
October 2, 2009
how do i take care of one of this plants? one was given to me and i dont know what to do...can you help...

Answer from NGA
October 2, 2009


Pregnant Onions are wonderful novelty plants for indoors or out. They grow quite well in either place. If it freezes in your area, they should be brought inside. They have an onion shape, and the bulb grows on the top of the soil. The babies grow under the skin making the bulb look as if it's pregnant. Once the little bulb-lets free themselves from the mother, just sit them on top of the soil (pointed side up) and they will root and grow. The larger plants will bloom in mid to late summer with tall spikes of white flowers. These plants are extremely drought tolerant, and if necessary can go without water for long periods of time, although they do prefer to be watered. You really have to work overtime to kill one of these. All you will have to do is watch her create a family for you.

After giving it a good drink when you first plant it, water only about once a week, or if the soil dries, after that. Although I?ve read that this plant can grow in full sun, I keep mine in bright shade. It will like a spot on your porch, lanai or under the edge of a shade tree during the warm months and a bright windowsill during the winter. Of course, you can keep it indoors all year round, if you like.

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