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Thursday, May 6, 2010

And this is what it is....................

It is called a Pregnant Onion. I just love the way the babies form inside a layer or two of the outer skin and then as the mommy onion grows the skin opens and the babies start falling off. They take root and start another family.

I like to put new soil and clean up my winter visiting plants, which try to take over the breakfast room, the first week of May. I avoid the last freeze, well maybe not this crazy weather season, and have the front patio ready for Cinco de Mayo. I love to sit out on the front porch and enjoy the cooler nights.

This year took me longer because the epiphytes (including a night blooming cereus), tree growing, tropic flowering succelents, really were leggy and needed to be repotted, trimmed and rescued. And the Devil's Backbone plant plotted an overthrow of the baker's rack it was on in the breakfast room. That plant like the others has air roots. The roots had grown into the basket reed shelves...it was looking for something....probably water.

Anyway, in about 6 weeks, the cutting that I took from the cereus, on the left and the DBB which is pictured on the right side, will be ready to give away, along with some of the baby onions. So for any of you that might want to venture into the land of succulents, I'll be glad to mail you rooted cuttings and tiny baby onions. Just let me know and I also will remind you mid June.


  1. Oh, I was right. I said some sort of onion. I saw the skin. I've never seen one of those in person, though. It's very interesting.

  2. Very ineresting indeed. Is this an edible onion or just named that cause it is in that family? I am going to have to google this.

  3. Yes, now I remember.A pregnant onion. It isn't edible but just for looks if I'm not mistaken. A friend gave me a few plants about 25 years or so ago and they still thrive. Very hardy plant. I love that the babies from it just re-root so readily. Thanks for reminding me what it's called.

  4. Linda, very interesting, hope you are having a great day, take care.

  5. Hi Linda,
    I have never heard of a pregnant onion before!:)
    I think it looks amazing and kind of alien. It's a wonderful looking plant...
    Have a lovely weekend.:)

  6. I saw one years ago, I had just forgotten about it. Thanks for reminding me.

  7. Wow, I knew it was something pregnant!! So you get a litter of onions??? I suppose I'm not that ambitious this year. I bought some really nice little bedding flowers and forgot about them...they dead!!

    Oh well, what can I say...I'm just not a garden person. Maybe it's due to the fact my mother made go out all Spring, Summer and Fall to pull weeds since the sibs were allergic...how convenient. I did plant some herbs though...they're doing great!! I can do herbs!!

    Love ya,

  8. Do you think they would survive the trip to MI? I just started the transplant process for my cacti about three weeks ago. It always scares the business out of me that I am going to do something wrong and kill them during the "cutting" stage. So far they look ok though.

  9. Hi Linda, You know you could be right about the tortoise coloring in Myrtle. I found a cool article about the genetics behind it.


    Anyhow, if you want to get a hold of me directly, my email is JessicaAFM at gmail dot com.

    PS I know what you meant about hardening the bottoms. I just went through that with my barrel cacti. But it does sound a little naughty ;)


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