Ask a Question forum: A sweet surprise from my plant! (and 1 question pls!)

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Name: Sabi
Nothern California (Zone 9a)
Apr 5, 2018 12:25 PM CST
Thanks to 2 very helpful people I discovered my plant was Albuca Bracteata aka Pregnant Onion. After reading about it I went to properly reposition my plant and found 6 or 7 babies free fallen from the mother bulb, and 2 newly attached growing ones too. That's 11 babies that I've found so far! I'm so happy. I did place those loose babies back where I found them, they look like they still need help from mom, and they need to dry out a little I definitely watered it a bit too much but not enough to really damage anything I don't think.

PS - I want to bring the mom bulb up from the soil, but it's pretty heavily rooted. Can I gently snip or pull it up CAREFULLY or will any root damage possibly kill it?

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Apr 5, 2018 2:45 PM CST
You can pot the little ones up separately or leave them with the mother onion. If you leave them, the plant will grow and mound. I'll see if I can find a photo of the one growing in my yard in California. There is a reason its called "Pregnant" onion.

Now that you bared more of the bulb, gently dump the plant out of the pot, root ball and all, and add soil underneath it.

This is one of two clumps that grew in my yard in California. This clump was almost 3 feet wide.
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This is the second plant, growing in a large bowl:
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