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Germination of

Schizobasis intricata / Drimia intricata

Climbing Onion: Tree onion, walking onion, top-setting onion, Egyptian onion, Catawissa onion, perennial onion

Schizobasis intricata / Drimia intricata

To germinate Schizobasis intricata / Drimia intricata, begin by soaking the seeds in warm water for 24-48 hours. After soaking, prepare a well-draining soil mix of equal parts sand and perlite. Sow the seeds 1/2 inch deep and 2 inches apart in rows. Water the soil and keep it moist but not saturated. Keep the soil temperature around 70-75�F during the day and 60-65�F at night. The germination process usually takes around 3-4 weeks. Once the seedlings have grown to around 3 inches in height, transplant them to individual pots.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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