Plant Care Albuca Bracteata

Albuca Bracteata

4.5 out of 5 (4 experiences)

Albuca Bracteata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Albuca Bracteata has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

Also known as

Pregnant Onion, Pregnant Onion, False sea onion and Sea-onion

Taxonomy

Albuca bracteata
Albuca
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

How to care for Albuca Bracteata

💦 Water

How often to water your Albuca Bracteata

Water needs for Albuca Bracteata
0.5 cups
every 12

Albuca Bracteata needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Albuca Bracteata

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Pregnant Onion in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Albuca Bracteata: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Albuca Bracteata may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Albuca Bracteata in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Albuca Bracteata

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Albuca Bracteata: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Albuca Bracteata after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Albuca Bracteata thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Albuca Bracteata may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Albuca Bracteata doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.


🪴 Soil

Albuca Bracteata does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!


💩 Fertilizer

Albuca Bracteata is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


🌎 Native Region

Albuca Bracteata is native to South and Eastern Africa.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Albuca Bracteata

Albuca Bracteata

Albuca Bracteata


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Albuca Bracteata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Albuca Bracteata has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Albuca Bracteata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Albuca Bracteata has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Albuca Bracteata has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
@Blueplantlady avatar
@@Blueplantlady
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 2,598 XP
06/21/2021

Slow growing, has to have the right amount of water. When it gets bigger it looks soo cool!! Worth the wait!!

Survivor Survivor
@Maggidy avatar
@@Maggidy
leaf-1 79 Plants
xp 736 XP
03/07/2021

I find these guys absolutely charming. They push out a super long flower stalk I usually need to lean against the window frame, with a cluster of white flowers that will open in waves from the bottom up. The bulb base will start to shrivel when a watering is needed, I use a terracotta pot and succulent potting mix, they’re very receptive to bottom watering and will quickly recover to a beautiful succulent bulb beneath any loose skin. The skin is perfectly normal and where the “babies” come from. The long leaf tips will droop once they get too big and often crisp at the end at normal household humidity. They’ll thrive on the sunniest windowsill you can find them.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily

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