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Re: Onions

Post  rowena___. on 5/20/2012, 7:05 pm

@FamilyGardening wrote:i think its safe to say that yes you can cut off the bad part of a green onion and replant it and it will grow

i've been doing this for a few years, and have had tremendous success.
http://www.romesticity.com/2010/04/reincarnated-onions.html

i haven't bought onions in at least two years, because we also harvest wild onions from our yard.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/20/2012, 7:26 pm

rowena....do you just cut the green part off of the onion all the way down and leave the white part of the onion in the ground to regrow....or do you pull up the onion then cut off the white bottom part and replant?

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Post  gwennifer on 5/21/2012, 2:32 am

Rose, I must have jinxed myself talking about my green onions to you in that other thread. I said I've been cutting the same batch of green onions inherited from a neighbor for three years now and they've never made flowers. Well, they are doing it now. D'oh! Good thing I had randomly decided to hand my daughter a handful of green onion bottoms to try planting. In just a few days we could see that they were growing. So that works and we'll just do some more to fill in the holes where we harvest the ones going to seed. Pretty fun!

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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/21/2012, 2:59 am

it is fun!!

we gave one of those beauties to my sister tonight picked fresh from the garden along with some fresh harvested lettuce too!....she thought it was pretty cool!

it felt really good to share the harvest Very Happy now if i could only give up one of my tomato plants to her.....i told her i would....but...but...their my babies still....Embarassed i will be happy to share in the harvest of them.....just not sure i can let one go to someone elses house.....What a Face

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Post  Icemaiden on 5/21/2012, 8:31 am

@FamilyGardening wrote:Not sure why my thread was merged with this one :scratch: ……I was wondering if you can still eat green onions after they flower? (same question with chives) Shocked

Can we cut the flower off and let it continue to grow?...does it change the taste like when other plants bolt?


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I think it is best to cut the chive flowers off as soon as they appear (though you can leave them to open if you want the flowers). I find that the green bit tastes better if you stop the flowers form developing. I just cut off whole chunks even if I don't plan to use it - it just grows right back.

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Post  rowena___. on 5/21/2012, 9:51 am

@FamilyGardening wrote:rowena....do you just cut the green part off of the onion all the way down and leave the white part of the onion in the ground to regrow....or do you pull up the onion then cut off the white bottom part and replant?

both, according to what we need for cooking that day. Smile

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Post  rowena___. on 5/21/2012, 10:45 am

ok, i just re-read your question and see that my response is probably confusing. Smile

what i meant is that sometimes i cut the greens without pulling the plant, and sometimes i pull the plant, cut the greens, and then replant elsewhere. the main reason i do this is to manage my crops--either for spacing or seasonal needs or companionship or what have you. but i have learned that i can cut the onion very close to the roots and replant and it will still come back, so if i need some of the white i go ahead and use as much as i need.

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Post  kbb964 on 5/21/2012, 10:50 am

rowena, I just planted some onions. not scallions and thought you might know the answer to my question..

The long leaves are just lying down across the square and not all perked up, is this normal?

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Post  rowena___. on 5/21/2012, 11:29 am

@kbb964 wrote:rowena, I just planted some onions. not scallions and thought you might know the answer to my question..

The long leaves are just lying down across the square and not all perked up, is this normal?

i haven't seen that, but i have never planted onions that still have much greens on them. how long have they been in the ground? i'd be tempted to trim the greens, but i think as long as they haven't started to wilt or turn yellow that they should probably be given a chance to prove themselves. they are the solar collectors for the bulb, so as long as they are functioning, i don't think it matters that they are lying down.

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Post  kbb964 on 5/21/2012, 11:36 am

I just transplanted them a couple of days ago. I bought them as starts and the eaves were very long but as they were all clumped together ina bunch they were stood up fairly straight.
I will try trimming them


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Post  kbb964 on 5/21/2012, 11:37 am

i am wondering whether i didnt plant deep enough

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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/21/2012, 12:43 pm

when we planted some of our onions from sets we trim off some of the green and planted the white part into the ground.....you dont have to have much green on it......

when we transplanted our onions that we started from seeds....the long thin green part was whimpy acting for a couple of days....just make sure to give them some water....they should perk up......Very Happy

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Post  kbb964 on 5/21/2012, 10:33 pm

I uprooted them , trimmed the roots, trimmed the tops and they are looking mighty fine now !

I found a video on you tube which was a great help Smile


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Post  mtottle on 5/29/2012, 3:49 am

Hi everyone! I'm new here, but it's my 3rd year of SFG. I'm an addict and it is starting to take over my back yard.. Smile This is my first year doing onions. I planted a couple hundred sets of various colors back in March, and they seem to be doing very well.

However it appears the wild temperature swings have affected them and a bunch of them are bolting. Since I know flowering onions are doomed, I started pulling them to cook with.. Now I came across Rowena's post about 'reincarnation', and in the link it shows that the onion will regrow from a small sliver of the bulb base. This has me wondering if you do that with an onion that has bolted, will it regrow an intact bulb without the flower stalk that can be stored? Anyone know?

Thanks!

Here's a pic of the first few I pulled. Used them in stir-fry.. It was delicious! Smile


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Post  rowena___. on 5/29/2012, 10:27 am

it's always worth a try--after all, if you don't plant it, what are you going to do with it?

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Post  FamilyGardening on 7/15/2012, 11:24 pm

we are starting to harvest some of our bulbing onions.....wondering how you all store yours?

some are white onions some are walla walla onions....



do you think they will store ok hung up in some old tights?



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