Plant ID question: Climbing Onion Plant

I have this plant that recently started to divide and in my quest to find out if I need to repot it and what to use, I realized I don’t really know what my houseplant is. I got it at a local Farmer’s Market a few years ago. It makes a fern like vine “leaf” which can get several feet long. Thanks for your help!

Hi Rachael,

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Your plant is called a Climbing Onion (Bowiea volubilis). A Climbing Onion is a member of the Lily family and requires very little care. In late winter, stems start to grow out of the large bulb or “onion.” These vines eventually produce lacy branches. In the fall, the plant becomes dormant and the vines die back. The main bulb eventually¬† develops into a clump of bulbs as the mother bulb produces offsetsHouseplant offsets, or pups as they are sometimes called, are the baby plants that form at the base of certain houseplants.Plant offsets can be used to easily propagate new plants. Wait until the plant offsets have grown at least several inches, then gently detach them from the "mother"plant. Hopefully the plant offsets will have a few roots of their own at this point. Plant the offsets in a small container and keep the plant barely moist but never soggy at all times. along the side. You can separate the offsetsHouseplant offsets, or pups as they are sometimes called, are the baby plants that form at the base of certain houseplants.Plant offsets can be used to easily propagate new plants. Wait until the plant offsets have grown at least several inches, then gently detach them from the "mother"plant. Hopefully the plant offsets will have a few roots of their own at this point. Plant the offsets in a small container and keep the plant barely moist but never soggy at all times. and put them into their own pots.

Water:  Never let the plant sit in water and allow the soil to dry out between watering. Stop watering completely when the vines dry out in late summer/early fall. Prune the stems when they turn brown. Resume watering when the bulb re-sprouts.

Light: bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.

Feeding: Climbing Onions require very little plant food.

Here’s a picture of a Climbing Onion that has developed lacy branches.

Climbing Onion Plant

Climbing Onion Plant