Plant Care Climbing Onion

Climbing Onion

About Climbing Onion

This plant has a large, exposed, green, scaly bulb with slender, twining, leafless, green stems and small, green-white flowers. It's grown as a houseplant or interiorscape "curiosity" plant.


Bowiea volubilis

How to care for Climbing Onion


How often to water your Climbing Onion

Water needs for Climbing Onion
0.5 cups
every 12

Climbing Onion 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 Climbing Onion

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Climbing Onion in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Climbing Onion: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Climbing Onion 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.

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How to fertilize Climbing Onion

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Climbing Onion: 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 Climbing Onion after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Water Needs

Care Summary for Climbing Onion

Climbing Onion

Climbing Onion

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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