Pregnant Onion Plant – Guide for Beginners

We know that succulents are plants whose main feature is the storage of water either in their leaves, stem, or trunk, and in the pregnant onion plant (Albuca bracteata) this feature stands out very much, as its bulb looks like a bottle full of water, we know we repeat it a lot, but really, if you still do not have this succulent look for it because it should certainly be part of your collection.

You can find Albuca bracteata with the names of lucky onion, sea-onion, false sea onion, or pregnant onion, this last one is because of the small bulbs (offspring) that are developing inside its layers giving it the appearance of being pregnant. Pregnant onion is a succulent of easy-care, recommended for beginners or inexperienced in the world of succulent plants.

Characteristics of Pregnant Onion Plant

The pregnant onion plant belongs to the Asparagaceae family, is native to Southern Africa, specifically in the Cape provinces, the color of its leaves is bright green, these have an elongated shape resembling a ribbon and can extend up to 8” (20 cm) in length even being small bulb and up to 24” (60 cm) in larger specimens.

Pregnant onion is a very appreciated ornamental plant, and you can have Albuca bracteata indoors, the only thing you should not miss is very good lighting.

pregnant onion care
Pregnant Onion Care. It is a plant that does not require demanding care.

How to Care Pregnant Onion Plant

As we already mentioned in the previous paragraph, the pregnant onion does not require special care. Next, we will explain all about pregnant onion care.

Pregnant Onion Light

The pregnant onion is a succulent that tolerates only direct sun exposure in the mornings, if it receives the sun’s rays in the hottest hours it can get burns on its leaves, the idea is to have it in a place in semi-shade or filtered light.

As we mentioned before, you can have it inside your home, taking care that it receives very good illumination.

Pregnant Onion Plant Watering

If you have searched for information about Albuca bracteata you may have noticed that in most vlogs they recommend you not to water it too much, we want to tell you about our experience with this succulent, and it is one of the few that appreciate abundant and not too spaced watering, especially if they have good drainage, or it is very hot since it consumes a little more water than most succulents.

If you are just starting in growing this succulent and don’t want to risk overwatering it, one of the indicators that tell you it already needs watering is that the outer layer of its bulb starts to wrinkle, that’s where you should undoubtedly give your pregnant onion plant water.

sea onion succulent

Pregnant Onion Temperature

Pregnant onion does not tolerate frost well, so if in the winter where you live there is frost or the cold is very intense, we recommend you to shelter it inside your home, the minimum temperature it tolerates is 41 °F (5 °C).

The ideal temperature for Pregnant onion is between 59 °F to 80 °F (15 °C to 27 °C).

Pregnant Onion Plant Soil

Pregnant onion plant is a succulent that does not need special soil, you can have it in garden soil or black soil without any problem, just take care of the watering and ready, now if you want to provide better soil you can make a combination that does not dry out so fast (especially if the area where you are is very hot), because as we mentioned it is a plant that needs a little more water than the others.

Hoffman 10404 Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix, 4 Quarts, Brown/A
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Onion Succulent Fertilization

We can provide home fertilization with banana peel tea or when transplanting adds ground eggshell to its soil.

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How to Propagate Pregnant Onion Plant

The easiest way to propagate our pregnant onion is through the offshoots or bulbs that sprout from its main bulb, you can let them grow until they alone detach from the mother plant or remove them and plant them on the substrate (do not bury them) so that they take root, and you have new onions.

It can also be propagated through seeds (Order it here).

how to propagate pregnant onion plant
Baby Onion Plant in our Garden.

Pregnant Onion Flower

The pregnant onion flower is very beautiful. The pregnant onion plant blooms between the spring to summer seasons, its flowers are aromatic and in long clustered inflorescences, they are white with a green center and have a diameter of 0.2” (0.5 cm). One plant can have more than 200 flowers at a time.

flowering pregnant onion plant
Pregnant Onion Flower.

Frequently Asked Questions

We regularly receive questions from our readers, and we answer them in the appropriate category. In this case, we have these questions from readers.

House Plant that Looks Like an Onion

The house plant that looks like an onion is the Albuca bracteata also known as Pregnant Onion.

Pregnant Onion Plant Leaves Turning Brown

If the leaves of the pregnant onion plant are turning brown, you are probably overwatering your plant. It is best to stop watering your plant and, if possible, change the substrate before the roots rot completely.

We hope this article about the pregnant onion will be useful. We recommend our article about Echeveria runyonii cultivar Care.

About Henry Morgan

We are the Morgan family, Henry, and Morgan, both agronomists from the University of Michigan, where we met. We are experts in putting our hands in the soil and developing organic foods and improving production processes for decades. Likewise, we have worked for companies such as Mondelez International, BASF, Monsanto, etc. currently in our role as science writers for as well as advisors in promoting large scale food growing in urbanized areas. In this website, we share what we are most passionate about, gardening and farming. Enjoy and see real photos on our website.