Boweia volubilis – Boweia volubilis – Fatty plants – Boweia volubilis – Succulent

bulbous perennial succulent native to southern Africa. It is made up of large fleshy bulbs that grow only partially underground, bright green in colour, from which come out some small lanceolate leaves of short duration; in spring, from the bulbs come out the floral stems, thin, fleshy, very ramified and twisted, climbing, which, from mid spring to mid summer, produce many star-shaped flowers of white-green colour. At the end of summer, it produces small berries containing seeds.

boweia volubilis

Exposure

boweia volubilis certainly prefers very bright positions, possibly in full sun; however, be careful of the too hot sun of the summer months that could ruin the bulbs. It is afraid of the cold, so in winter it should be admitted to the house, in a warm and not too humid place.

Watering

after flowering, the lughi stems begin to dry up, from this moment the watering is completely suspended, so that the plant goes into complete vegetative rest. As soon as new stems begin to grow, water again, remembering that this succulent does not need much water, so it is appropriate to let the soil dry perfectly between one watering and the other. Provide fertilizer for succulent plants every 15-20 days dissolved in the water of watering in the period from March to June.

Land

requires a well-drained, sand-rich, coarse soil such as perlite or expanded clay. It is advisable to keep the bulbs at least a quarter of the diameter outside the ground; in this way the stems grow more slowly, but the possible onset of rottenness is avoided.

Multiplication

is done by seed, using fresh seeds in summer. If you want in autumn you can proceed to the division of the bulbs that you can possibly produce on the sides of the old bulbs, the new bulbs should be repotted immediately in individual containers.

Boweia volubilis: Pests and diseases

the cochineal and aphids ruin the flowers and the shoots. Excess water can cause root rot.

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