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Caudiciforms: What to expect from Boweia nana?

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2011
3:42 AM

Post #8439890

I am not familiar with this plant but couldn't resist trying some of the little bulbs. One now has new growth. The other one in this pot is still firm but no growth yet. The other little pot has three firm bulbs in it with no new growth on any of those.

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helenchild
Decatur, GA

March 21, 2011
3:48 AM

Post #8439899

Mine likes water and bright light. It blooms in the late summer/early fall with a long flower stalk for many small white stripped flowers. It makes lots of bulblets and they fill the pot over time.
Helen

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2011
3:49 AM

Post #8439901

Another shot.

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2011
3:51 AM

Post #8439905

Oops, cross posted with you, helenchild.

I have been watering fairly frequently and letting the soil dry. It is sitting next to a south window so does get the bright light. Do you stake it or ?
Sally0
Yardley, PA

March 21, 2011
5:33 AM

Post #8440030

Have had the Bowiea volubilis for years. Very easy to grow. Will grow on and off all year round. Just starting to grow again.

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Sally0
Yardley, PA

March 21, 2011
5:42 AM

Post #8440055

I just use a coat hanger to stake it. Mine is in semi hydroponics so it has water all year round. It has been under lights all winter. I will put it outside for the summer in full sun.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2011
6:17 AM

Post #8440135

Great! Will B. nana take full sun also?
Sally0
Yardley, PA

March 21, 2011
7:42 AM

Post #8440335

In looking up B. nana, it seems to be the same plant as the B. volubilis. It can take full or part sun.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2011
10:00 AM

Post #8440624

Thank you for all the info. :-)
helenchild
Decatur, GA

March 21, 2011
10:31 AM

Post #8440697

I was mistaking this for Ornithogalum longibracteatum, or pregnant onion. The B. volubilis (sea onion) is nice too but has little tiny flowers on their long climbing stems. Mine is flowering now. I don't stake it per se but I fine it something to climb up on. Same thing I guess. When bulb reaches some critical point it splits in to two. It grows more in the winter and likes plenty of water then.
Helen

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