Bowiea Gariepensis (Sea Onion) Information: How To Grow Climbing Onion From Seed?
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Climbing sea onion plants are not easy to grow. They require some special conditions and care to produce good results. You need to have proper lighting, water, temperature and humidity levels.
The climber needs to be able to climb up on the plant, so it doesn’t get damaged. Also, you need to provide plenty of light. Too much light will cause the climber to die or become stunted.
If you don’t provide enough light, the climber won’t develop properly and may even wither away completely!
You mustn’t allow your climber to go too long without water either. Otherwise, the climber might dry out and die.
If you want to grow climbing sea onion from seed, then here’s what you need to do:
1. Purchase a climber of suitable size and shape.
Choose one with a flat bottom for best growth rate. Buy a climber that isn’t already overgrown with algae or fungus! Avoid ones that have been in contact with soil or other organic matter such as leaves or dirt for too long!
This can lead to unwanted bacteria and fungus growth. If you are going to use a pot, use one made of plastic or some other non-absorptive material. Anything that has been used to grow organic matter such as dirt, peat or sawdust should not be used!
2. Place your sea onion plant under grow lights.
Use a timer to automatically turn these lights on and off. Set the timer so that your sea onion plant receives a cycle of 12 hours light and 12 hours dark. This helps to keep the plant growing strongly.
3. Place your sea onion plant in a small tray of water.
The tray should be just large enough to accommodate the base of the plant and allow free movement throughout its whole length. Add some vitamins and nutrients to the water to help your climbing sea onion grow faster and stronger!
4. Place your climbing sea onion plant in a spot where it will receive as much light as possible.
If this isn’t possible, use a grow light to help it grow! Make sure that the temperature and humidity is ideal for your plant. Also, keep the soil moist at all times, but avoid over watering!
5. After about a week, you should begin to notice new growth starting at the bottom of the plant.
These are called ‘curtains’ or ‘runners. The curtains will grow quite quickly so you need to keep them trimmed. It is normal for curtains to form at the top of your plant too, but these won’t grow any further so don’t need trimming.
6. Keep trimming the curtains daily to keep them in shape.
After a few weeks, you’ll find that your plant has developed many new, small plants that have grown out from the base of the main plant. You can choose to keep these new plants under your main grow lights or transfer them to their own small pots.
7. As the plant grows, continue trimming the plant as before and add some extra nutrients to the water your plant is growing in.
This will help it to grow bigger and stronger! If you find that your plant is getting a yellow tinge to it, you can always add some more light for a few days to perk it up again.
8. Your climbing sea onion plant will keep on growing bigger and stronger until it eventually outgrows its pot.
At this point you will need to transplant it into a larger pot! You may want to increase the strength of the nutrients you add to the water too.
Remember, climbing sea onion plants aren’t hard to grow, but they do like plenty of light, water, nutrients and trimming!
Good luck and enjoy your new plant!
Check out this short video showing the growth of a climbing sea onion plant.
Sources & references used in this article:
Bowiea volubilis Harv. ex Hook.f. (Sea Onion): In Vitro Culture and the Production of Cardiac Glycosides by JF Finnie, FE Drewes, J Van Staden – Medicinal and Aromatic Plants VII, 1994 – Springer
Ethnobotany, therapeutic value, phytochemistry and conservation status of Bowiea volubilis: A widely used bulbous plant in southern Africa by AO Aremu, M Moyo, SO Amoo, J Van Staden – Journal of …, 2015 – Elsevier
Proceedings of the Banks Peninsula Biodiversity Workshop by MH Bowie, RM Barker, CM Troup – 2010 – researcharchive.lincoln.ac.nz