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That looks like a Night Blooming Cereus and YES! They make these runners,.
especially while in the house for the winter...
I have NO idea why? Nor what is the appropriate thing to do!
I have had these "runners/stems" grow to be 4' tall!
The Southern diehards say to leave them alone. They are just reaching for a place
to anchor themselves to--as in the Rain Forests...Dah!
I, myself, can't stand them--and have been known to cut them off.
Interesting thing--IF you root pieces of these cut-off stems--they will,
in time produce regular leaves...
I think this has been discussed to no end--just look back in this Forum...
I still do not know what their purpose is!
Hang in there--until you get an answer that satisfies YOU!
Thank you, Gita...I think I'm going to chop them just to have a more compact plant...this one is getting very large & running out of room for it...The hoya that took over that window had to end up in the compost pile after it just blocked out the light coming into the bathroom...good curtain, tho...thanks again, Deb
Please go to the experts and find out the answers to questions like yours. If you were 6 ft. 7 and wanted to be 6 ft. you wouldn't just lop off your head. Plant growth has a purpose and a reason.
"Why do some stems put out long stringy things and others do not? Should I cut them off?
Those long stringy things are adventitious roots! Do not cut them off. It is quite natural for many epis to produce these roots. If they appear in large numbers, however, this may signal problems exist such as perhaps the plants may be too moist, too dry or in too much shade. The adventitious roots could be reaching for the moisture, light and even food that the plant is not receiving in sufficient quantities through watering, natural light and fertilizer.
When these adventitious roots appear, you should ask yourself if you are giving the plants enough water and/or fertilizer, if there is enough humidity around the plants and perhaps you should check the soil in the pot for signs of pest infestation which might be damaging the roots. Also, although I will tell you later that these plants do better if a little pot-bound, it is just as possible to underpot the plants which can also force roots to be produced along the stems."
A Southern Diehard
I do lop off some of that growth, as those "runners" make the whole plant about 10 feet tall. The plants themselves have grown out of the 6 foot obleisk I have in the pot to support them. Had lots of blooms last summer,tho.
Here is may 6 yr. old NBC Epi. It was so big and uncontrolable--and had NEVER bloomed--
I gave it away last year.
Now--see that base of that tall stem on top? Will show you the end of it in the next picture...
Which picture are you referring to?
The one behind the BIG NBC on my Patio? The one with the fine fronds on top of the blocks?
That is a Climbing Onion...This tome of year--it is amazingly full of green fronds...
Then they will die off as I put it outside and the fronds will die off.
Then--it will kidt "exist"--slowly nourishing the big Onion-like bulb throughout the summer season.
It really does ot do anything much in the summer...As th fronds die off--it MAY cause the
Moma Onion to start splitting...
By the way--This is NOT an onion at all!!!!! Do not ever think you can EAT IT!!!
At this time of year--you should see all thr fronds it has on it!!! Like a waterfall of green!!!
Oh, the pots of pregnant onions I've had over the years...the climbing onion is my favorite tho...it dropped off a bulblet but nothing became of it...I'm waiting for more...I entered it into the fair this year and got a first prize...it was very full then...
Gita: I don't know what the growths are but I really like the looks of the plant. I enjoy Epis because of all the unusual stem, leaf, and spine growths that you encounter. It just makes working with them so much more interesting. I would guess that your growths are spiny air roots, but don't know for sure. I'll see what I can find out. bob
Thanks for your response, I looked at your pictures again too...I was thinking of you last week 'cause my climbing onion is waking up & has put out two runners...I love that plant!! have you been able to get any babies off of yours? I just can't cut those runners off on the epi, it's so bizarre but I do love it...it will go to the shop this summer where it will have plenty of room to run (as long as the deer don't find it) and debate this again next fall when it has to come inside...it's only bloomed once...but it was a big white beauty!!!! Thanks again...Deb
Love your plant and how you have arranged your decor to accommodate it. Those stems provide strength to the plant and character, I know growers who cut spikes and those who don't. I have read experts who encourage growers to keep all top growth cut to encourage compact growth. I believe nature usually does the right thing for plants. I have trimmed heavy growth when it makes a plant too off balance. I don't think it is a real good idea but has not hurt any plant that I've cut for cuttings or for "balance". bob
Bob, I'm using your winter maintenance guidelines & apply the info from the link you provided...I certainly respect your experience...Thank you for responding...This plant has a way to go before it becomes unbalanced and this is our guest room (unheated) so I can tie it up all over the place...when it goes outside to the east facing lean too off the shop it will have all the room in the world to sprout where ever it wants to go!!!
Just to clarify-----you ARE talking about the "Climbing Onion" here. Right?
I never knew these made babies????
Most people here in Ozz call them pups.
I think if we don't learn something NEW every day.
We are probably dead or near to deadth.
I have never heard of " the PREGNANT onion".
So I have learned something new today.
Thanks for your picture Gitagal.
Google "Pregnant Onion" and when it comes up--click on "images" on the left side of your upper tool bar.
You will get pages and pages of pictures of whatever it is you Googled...this works for anything!
It has been several years now that I divided my Climbing Onion because someone was begging
me for one. She said she had been looking for one for 3 years.
Mine had just "split" ans I dug it up and sent her one of them.
It has been ONLY since last year--that it split again. I now seem to have 3 "onions" growing in the pot.
I do not want to divide them again--as I have seen pictures of these growing, literally, in a pile
on top of each other. I might give them a bigger pot, though.
SO! It is VERY slow going with the Climbing Onion. At least here. Maybe in CA or FL, where they
can be outside year round, they grow bigger and faster and lusher...
As I have said--mine sits dormant, and almost totally dry all winter--from end of Oct. to end of April.
It IS during this time that it grows these insanely long fronds that go all over the place.
They will still be there most of the summer (outside) but will start to yellow and die by end of summer.
I am not saying I know all there is to know about this plant. I can only share what has, or has not, worked for me.
Thanks Gita, I always know you will have my answer! I love the silly guy & I get a blue ribbon on it every year at the County Fair here so that makes me proud as can be...now it seems everyone in town wants one...and Logee's doesn't carry them anymore but I did find a number on line for someone who sells them...thanks for the response...
It is now residing in the guest bedroom which is unheated...in a east facing window, don't know what to do with it to be honest, it's just so huge and ungainly...like a lanky, awkward teenager going every which way at once...any suggestions?
Depsi, This is not a good houseplant, It can be kept alive indoors for the winter, but should be outside , in better light for the summer. Mine has climbed over a 10' block wall twice, but it has also been radically cut back twice. They are pretty tough...will take temps into the 40s for short periods, but need good light. I have neighbors that grow them in full Ca. sun. They look terrible but they bloom like crazy. Don't feed until spring growth starts, and let it get almost dry between waterings, as with most epiphytes. Over feeding will produce excessive growth, but no blooms.
If you move it outside in filtered sun for the summer, you should see blooms...if you are up at night.
Now that is puzzling cause I don't overfeed...I'm really careful about that 'cause I understand how it works against the plant...I use the same one for this plant that I use for my hoya's...I really have nowhere to put it outside since we have deer everywhere here...maybe in the area where we feed the birds...I'll figure something to do with it...the guest room has worked out this winter because it isn't heated...before I hung it inside our insulated shop in an east facing window but now there is a lean-to on that wall so no light...I had to put one of my huge hoya's in the compost two years ago 'cause I just had no where to put it and no one in our group wanted it 'cause they are dealing with their own big plants...when I lived in Sacramento I grew everything outside on the covered patio, not now, we have lots of snow...in fact, snowed today...the picture is of earlier this winter...
We have that area in the front to feed the birds...there is fencing around it, then in the back we have a chain link fence so we can have our two little dogs protected + have raised garden bed back there too...below on the lowest bench of our property we have a fenced orchard with 5 new beds to be planted this year...Or I should say I hope to get planted...my husband just had emergency triple bypass open heart surgery 2/15 so we are sorta in easy mode...I've been planting seeds today to get some starts going inside here...surprising how much there is to do all the time...trying to finish a tshirt quilt too...
That is the coolest picture!!! we have some pics of a yearling moose that hangs around a Ranger's Station up here...he licks all the plastic off the caretakers vehicle to get at the salt...Thanks for sharing that!!!