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Re: Anyone want walking onions??

Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/17/2017, 9:22 pm

@ralitaco wrote:These are amazing!
I may need to try these in the ground...if they really do grow in poor sandy soil I may actually have some luck beyond SFG.
Mine were in the ground, good ole clay dirt , and they were goin to town!
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Post  Ginger Blue on 8/9/2017, 4:49 pm

Yesterday I clipped the first set of bubils from my walking onions. They're so cute!!! Do I need to dry them before planting or can I just set them in soil, water 'em in, and hope for the best?

SR, have your walking onions recovered or were you able to plant more?  If you still need a topset or two, I'll send you some of these. What a Face


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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/9/2017, 4:59 pm

How did you know they were ready to cut off? I've never cut mine off before.
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Post  Ginger Blue on 8/9/2017, 5:08 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:How did you know they were ready to cut off? I've never cut mine off before.

To be honest, it was hardly a scientific conclusion....I was making dinner and needed green onions.  There aren't a whole lot of stalks that didn't have bubils, and I didn't want to weaken the plants. I figured the stalks with topsets were about spent, so I cut and used those. What a Face

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/15/2017, 11:25 am

I doubt you could kill them all off, GB.  They are very hardy.  But they may not spread without your help this year.  As far as I know, the top bubil parts eventually weigh down the stem and the stem bends over.  Once the bubil ball is on the ground it'll start growing where it hits.  That's how they 'walk' around.
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Post  sanderson on 8/15/2017, 9:11 pm

I have a question. If I pull up a plant with 3 or 4 onions, do I separate and stick one back in for another multiplying plant? I know the top cluster will eventually grow a new set, but I wondered about the ground sets. Thank you.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/15/2017, 9:27 pm

@Ginger Blue wrote:Yesterday I clipped the first set of bubils from my walking onions. They're so cute!!! Do I need to dry them before planting or can I just set them in soil, water 'em in, and hope for the best?

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I've never found they need any special attention, or anything to regrow. I cut stalks of green for salads and recipes calling for green onions and just toss the little bulbs anywhere. Usually they grow. Or at least some/enough do! I also cut the little bulbs off, peel and use those also. Sometimes I let them get as big as they're going to get and put them on the grill. They're very versatile little suckers!

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Post  sanderson on 2/7/2018, 2:26 am

I don't know if I did the wrong thing or not. I thought all of the onions were dead. As I was pulling out the dead stems I noticed little green shoots. So pulled them out, amended the bed, separated what look like green onions, trimmed the roots and replanted the smallest ones. In another bed, a bulbil took hold and is sprouting.

Now, When I peeled off the dead wrappers, it seemed I had to keep going. What was left looked like green onions. For the larger ones I pulled, I have them drying outside. Right? Wrong?

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Post  DorothyG on 2/11/2018, 8:09 pm

I had walking onions at our old house.  Around here we call them winter onions.  You can dig and use them in the winter.  The only thing I did for them was pick the weeds out and water them when it got real dry.  Once in a while my daughter would pull one or just break off the green to eat in the garden.  She'd throw the bulbs down in the general area she picked it.  One year I gathered some of them off the ground after the stalk had died and spread them around the perimeter of the onion bed trying to reshape it.  The next spring they were growing but I forgot to tell DH what I did.  He mowed the new ones off and they didn't come back.  The rest of the bed is still fine.
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