I like to grow this hardy, Perennial Onion with it’s distinct vigorous flavor and unique growth habit. The entire plant is edible.
How to Grow Egyptian Walking Onions
Egyptian Walking Onion
Plant in well-drained, moist soil.
1 or 2 inches deep
I planted mine about 1 1/2 inches deep.
Walking Onions can be planted in clusters or rows. They even work well in pots.
Roughly 4 to 6 inches between each bulb whether planting in Rows or Clusters.
Rows: A foot apart.
“I planted mine in a circle cluster.”
When to Plant:
Walking Onions are best when planted in the fall; however they may be planted year round.
First year plants will not produce top sets of onions but once these onions are in their 2nd year and thereafter they will thrive with produce; they won’t let you down!
Harvest the onion greens throughout the season by snipping a couple from this and a couple from that.
Leave enough greens on each plant to allow the production of onion clusters. New greens will grow from the same plant.
When all the greens are harvested from one plant it is unlikely that you will have any clusters of onions on that plant that year. You can plan on them the following year instead.
Onion sets can be harvested from all stalks from about the middle of summer through late summer.
Unless natural re-planting is what you want your Walking Onions to do, quickly harvest onion bunches from fallen stalks that have turned brown before the onions re-plant themselves.
In-ground Walking Onion bulbs are generally harvested in late summer and early autumn.
If you desire harvesting larger in-ground Walking Onions it is best to snip away any clusters at their onset so as to confine the growing energy all into that one in-ground onion.
Walking Onions do best in Planting Zones 3-9
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Miniature bunches of onions grow on the top of the greens and I can see when they are ready to harvest.
“No guess work!
If I want larger onions I can snip the clusters before they form, thus nurturing & encouraging the in-ground onion to grow larger.
I use these miniature onions as I would use any other onion.
I appreciate the option of chopping or not. I simply peel and add whole tiny onions to a recipe.
Works great in a kitchen without space for lots of food prep.
On occasion I chop these tasty gems in halves or quarters when I think it’s potent flavor may be too overwhelming for a particular salad or dinner guest.
The hollow greens have spiced up my soups and salads making me appear to be the chef that I am not.
My stir-fries really appreciate them!
When I choose not to harvest they simply bend and reproduce even more! Even the in-ground bulb that the entire onion plant grows from can be harvested and eaten or left in the ground to grow even more.
Seeing it’s greens peep up through the snow in early spring is an inspiration after a long winter!
Urban Farming – Sustainable – Grow Walking Onions
Urban Farming? Do you grow Walking Onions?