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merryj
Egyptian walking onion
How does one plant egyptian walking onions?
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I was given a sack of topsets from egyptian walking onion plants.  I've never seen anything quite like them, and I'm not sure which end to plant!  Any advice?  They have a fair amount of stalk still attached to them (at first I thought they were overripe garlic scapes)...

A new product for me. Lots of information, including many photos, on the internet. Dave's Garden really made me want to plant this onion in the fall. He says to plant the bulb or top sets like any other onion. Stay natural, David
I posted this to our facebook group and had the following answers: 1) We grow and love these onions! If you think of how they grow naturally: the tops full of little bulbs droop over and eventually hit the ground where they create new plants. We've simply thrown a handful of bulbs along a fence line and had good results. 2) One of the easiest plants to grow: Just drop the clump of little bulbs where you want the onions to grow, and step back. The onions will take care of the rest. I suppose you could also bury them -- like onion sets -- but they grow quite happily from bulbs dropped on the surface. That's how the Egyptian walking onions 'walk,' after all.
Another question. What is the best use of this plant? Do they grow underground onions to be used like any other onion? Is it a strong/sweet/garlicky or what onion?
I've grown these for years in a raised bed... they are alot like spring onions~all year long. The bulbs don't get at all big, and once they start putting out bulblets, the rootstock gets a bit woody. I usually pull the entire plant and replant the bulblets. I've even separated bulblets and had a good return. The taller and woodier the green, the less taste in the green, but it provides great fiber. The white stays 'oniony'. I normally use the entire plant, minus the replanted bulblets, in the soup, stirfry, omelet, etc. I love my walking onions! (If I happen to have an abundance, and no place to replant, I just put them other places, like my window boxes, because onion and garlic are a staple in this household!) BTW, strawberries supposedly enjoy interplanting with onions... I'm experimenting with that this year... one evidently keeps the harmful critters off the other, although I've found nothing that has attacked my onion bed, and I've had it for almost 10 years.
I've been growing Egyptian onions for years. Every part of the plant is edible. They are very easy to grow here in Maine. A little invasive though....plant them where you won't mind them 'walking'.

 

 

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