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I'm so bummed :(
I got it about 2 weeks ago. Last week I transplanted it into the S/H. I planted it about 1/3 from the bottom. Yesterday I was checking on everything and noticed a bad spot. It had several mushy spots and the bottom has turned a transparent color. I raised it up so just the roots are sitting in the S/H. I don't have much hope though. Any thoughts?
Sorry to hear that fish knees. I don't know if you can cut out the bad spots? Mine has been in s/h for many years. Many of the plants have roots that go right into the reservoir and are very happy living like that. This would be a good time of the year to move it, too.
Fish_knees, I don't see the mushy spots. Are they on the top, where its kind of brown, or the little indents on the bottom half?
I think I would leave it dry for awhile. Unless I am missing something I don't really see any problem.
Keep up posted.
I agree with Helen. I would let it dry for a while. That isn't hard to do here with the air so darn dry! Did I understand that you totally had the bulb buried? I have not grown this plant but shouldn't it just have mostly the roots buried? I would try that like you said ... after it is dry.
Don't worry, Fish_knees. Bowieas are a very hardy lot. If you have mushy parts just slice them off and let the plant callous off before you replant it. You could also cut off any dead roots at the same time. And as has been mentioned above, don't plant more than 1/3 of the bulb in the medium. It will recover, and might even give you some new little bulblets where you sliced off the bad part.
I was reading about the Bowiea today as I bought another one-had to! What a deal. But anyway. I read a few posts that said their Bowiea was getting mushy and they gave it more water and it was fine. They were also scared it was rotting but it turned out that water did the trick?
I don't read the comments section of the PF entries as often as I should. There's a lot of great info on this one, including a further link to palmbob's article on Bowieas. Thanks for telling us about it, Sally, and thanks for finding and sharing it, Fish_knees!
P.S. Have you watered it well as palmbob suggests? Let us know how that works for you.
"Also, I have found that growing specimens of this plant - especially those which are growing their vining inflorescences - require more frequent watering than most other succulents, and should not be subjected to extended drought at this time (unless you want the plant to go dormant and loose its "vines"). I have found it best to feel its bulbs at this time to determine the need for watering - if the bulbs are very turgid, they can probably wait, but I they seem at all soft, give them a good watering. "
That explains why mine goes dormant in winter as I am reluctant to overwater and also validates watering a soft bulb.
That begs my next question, how can a bulb which is grown in S/H be too dry ?
I have grown my bowiea for many years in s/h and never had a problem. Just switched my new one into s/h yesterday. In s/h it could only get too dry if you let the reservoir go all the way dry or maybe planted it in too big of a container I would think.
I looked at those. They're 2.5-3" in diameter, not very big. I don't think it's worth it, but then I'm a scrooge. I think they're charging so much because they don't seem to be as available as they once were.
Got my new bulb from Aridlands. I ordered the one described as 5 inch pot. LOL, it is maybe 1 1/2 inches across. Less than 1/2 the size of the one I got on E-bay that was described as a 3 1/2 inch pot. Oh well.
Good news on the squishy one though. It looks like the entire top layer that was squishy deflated and hardened, ugly but alive!
Fish_knees, if I were you I'd email Bob and Toni and tell them you're really disappointed with the size of the bulb. It definitely should have been a LOT bigger for a 5" pot. I've never known them to try to cheat people before, but if they don't satisfy your request, definitely post your experience on Garden Watchdog.
Thanks faeden, I think I will. Here is a pic of the two together. I checked my e-bay history. The larger one was described as being in a 4 inch pot. It ended up being $15.00 on e-bay. So when I saw Aridlands listed at $15.00 in a 5 inch pot I expected it to be a tiny bit bigger :( Those are 4 1/2 inch pots that they are in.
Yes I did. I was a little surprised at Toni's response. I explained that it must have been an error. That I had ordered the plant that was described as being in a 5 inch pot and received a plant that was barely 1 1/2 inches. She said they put the plants in pots according to how much room they will need to grow. Huh? This plant is notorious for being extremely slow to grow. I responded that had I known it was a very small plant I never would have purchased it. She said I could mail it back for a refund :(
In a later e-mail she said they could give me a small credit. I truly thought it must have been an error. She said they have no idea how big the plant is in the pot until they dig it up to mail it...another HUH? So I guess I paid for the pot size that it may grow into in the next 10 or so years :(
Live and learn...no more purchases from them.
Well Poo, not a surface problem :(
This pic is blurry but you get the idea. And upon closer inspection (put my glasses on).
It appeared to have mealy bugs. I haven't seen them since the 70's when they were on my Coleus in the macrame hanger :O
Any hope, or should I set up a DNR (do not resuscitate)
Darn mealybugs. I would put cinnamon on it and see what happens. You never know. I used a Bayer product in the water over the winter while the plants were inside and this is the first year I haven't had mealybugs.
No posts on here for awhile but does anyone still have one of these bulbs , I have had one for two years and I am dissapointed in it, it is healthy but all it does is grow this vine, I thought it would have some kind of flower.
It will make small green flowers that are easy to miss. Yours looks to be in a dark place. Mine doesn't do much in the summer but grows and flowers in a partly sunny window in the winter.
It probably won't be very interesting in your environment. They need lots of sun year-round (or a gro-light) to make much more than a feeble vine. And, as helen said, the little green flowers are hard to miss, especially if the plant is inside. The only reason I saw mine is because it was outside in almost full sun and the sun reflected off the flowers.
Well I sprinkled it with Cinnamon and it was doing well (not dying) and then I noticed mealy bugs again! Arrggghhhh! So I took it out side put it under a tree and sprayed it with some Bayer. Checked on it the next weekend and the pot was empty! Searched around and found it about 3 ft away and pretty dry (stupid Grackles) I immediately started CPR :)
It's been back in the house in a east facing window (we had the 2nd hottest summer on record) Checked today and look! It has 3 little nubs starting! I can't believe this poor thing is still alive~~~~~~
What will most likely happen now is that you will get many new little bulbs all around the area that you cut out. That's probably what the little nubs are, with many more to come. Let them get at least the size of a dime or nickel before you remove them from the mother plant. I pot all my little Bowiea bulbs in one large pot and let them grow on from there. I don't pot them up into individual pots until they're at least larger than a quarter and better yet about the size of a 50-cent piece.
Also, watch out that you don't get water accumulating in the cut-out area.
Give Lucky a rub from me, and tell her she's doing great. LOL!!
I find it interesting when someone calls a plant either he or she, him or her. I don't think if plants as having any gender identity. Are some more masculine, others more feminine? Or are they all male to some and all female to others? They are all 'it' to me.
I don't think of them as sexed (though most plants are both male and female of course). I don't think of my cars that way, either. But I do think of my plants as "little guys" (neutral sex)... as in, "Oh! tell me the story of this little guy!"... Come to think of it, when talking plants with friends, sometimes I'll say "he"... "How's he doing back there?"
helenchild wrote:I find it interesting when someone calls a plant either he or she, him or her. I don't think if plants as having any gender identity. Are some more masculine, others more feminine? Or are they all male to some and all female to others? They are all 'it' to me.
My plant is still going crazy :) It was covered in blooms several months ago and yesterday I noticed something about the size of a pea that was laying in the soil. Is this a seed? What do I do with it? Plant it? Let it dry? Break it open? I'm so excited :O
I am not sure what your 'pea' is but this plant does make side bulbets and the big bulbs kind of split when they reach some critical size and become two side by side plants.
I briefly reread this thread about 'squishy' plants that came back on their own. I would have to say that that kind of 'squishy' doesn't mean rot but dehydration. I missed watering several of these once and when I discovered them they were 'soft' and wrinkly. They revived with water. 'Squishy' as in rotten wouldn't revive with more water obviously. The one that fish knees excised the brown soft part was rotten not dehydrated.
This is one of my favorite plants… I have a bunch in various sunny windows now growing like mad. They sun burn easily so I tend to keep them in in the summer. Maybe this summer I will try more carefully to acclimate them to the sun.
Helen, here's a pic next to a penny for size. It didn't come from the two bulbs. It was just laying on the soil. It must have fallen off from one of the flowers. Maybe this is another way of it self sowing? I'll try sitting it half way under some soil :)