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4" Climbing Onion (Bowiea Volubilis)

$39.99

The Climbing Onion, scientifically known as Bowiea volubilis, is an unusual and intriguing plant native to South Africa. It belongs to the family Asparagaceae and is characterized by its unique growth habit and appearance. Here are care instructions specifically tailored for Bowiea volubilis:

1. Light: Bowiea volubilis prefers bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially morning sunlight, but avoid intense afternoon sun as it can scorch the plant. A south or west-facing window with filtered sunlight is ideal indoors.

2. Temperature: Keep your Climbing Onion in moderate room temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C) during the growing season. In winter, it can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures down to 50°F (10°C). Protect the plant from drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations.

3. Watering: Water Bowiea volubilis sparingly during its active growing season (spring and summer). Allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil to dry out between waterings to prevent root rot. Reduce watering in fall and winter when the plant is dormant, providing just enough to keep the bulb from shriveling.

4. Humidity: Climbing Onions prefer average indoor humidity levels. They can tolerate dry air but appreciate occasional misting to increase humidity around the plant, especially in heated indoor environments during winter.

5. Soil: Plant Bowiea volubilis in a well-draining potting mix formulated for succulents or cacti. A mixture of potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand works well to ensure good drainage. Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.

6. Fertilizing**: Feed your Climbing Onion with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid fertilizing in fall and winter when growth slows down.

7. Potting: Repot Bowiea volubilis every 2-3 years in spring if it outgrows its pot. Choose a slightly larger pot with good drainage and fresh potting mix. Handle the bulb carefully during repotting to avoid damaging its fragile roots.

8. Support: Provide a trellis or stake for support as Bowiea volubilis grows. Its long, thin stems tend to twine around supports as it climbs.

9. Dormancy: Bowiea volubilis goes through a dormant period in fall and winter. During this time, reduce watering and stop fertilizing. Keep the bulb in a cool, dry place with indirect light until new growth resumes in spring.

10. Pests and Diseases: Monitor your plant for pests such as spider mites or mealybugs. Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Bowiea volubilis is generally resistant to diseases if provided with proper care.

By following these care instructions, you can enjoy growing and caring for Bowiea volubilis, the Climbing Onion, appreciated for its unique growth habit and decorative appeal as a climbing plant in your indoor or outdoor garden.

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