How to Grow Egyptian Walking Onions in Your Garden
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Did you know there were perennial onions that regrow year after year? Check out how to grow Egyptian Walking Onions in your garden. And check out this month by month garden planting guide for when to plant your garden plants.
Egyptian walking onions are one of the easiest things we’ve grown in our garden. They will produce in weeds, produce in heat, produce in cool weather, produce in drought. No matter what, your Egyptian walking onions will grow.
When to plant Egyptian Walking Onions
You simply get the seeds, plant them about two inches deep, about one foot apart. The seeds come from a top set on the top of the onion, divide the sets and plant individually. This is why they are called walking onions because it looks like they walk all around the vegetable garden.
Plant Egyptian walking onions in early spring for the best results. They continue to grow late into the fall and all summer long as well.
I love growing perennials in my garden!
The Egyptian walking onions are one of the first things to come up in the garden every spring. They grow like a green onion. Once you harvest the onion, it will not grow back.
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For Egyptian Walking onion seeds from the Little Sprouts Garden, at certain times of the year click here. And sometimes they are available on Amazon too! I’m not sure if there’s a place to get them year round, but we always put some up every year.
Use the onions just like you would shallots or other onions in a recipe. They are strong in flavor and delicious. It doesn’t take a lot of them to flavor a dish.
If you don’t harvest them, they will grow a seed head on the top of the greens. It is a ball of many seeds that you can break apart and plant in another area or share with a friend.
If you don’t harvest the top set, the onion will fall over and plant the top set itself. It will touch the ground and begin growing from there. The onion root itself will also multiply so you’ll have clusters of onions growing instead of just one.
Your clusters will continue to get bigger year after year. As many as 50 onions can be in a cluster. You can divide these and replant them also.
We have them in a raised bed and we just let them grow as much as they want to. Whenever we need onions and we are out of our spring onions, we pop one out to flavor our dish. They can grow in a pretty small space.
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Once you have Egyptian walking onions, they will continue to regrow themselves indefinitely if you leave some in the ground each winter. We harvest them year-round except in the very cold part of winter when the greens die back. If you divide your clusters, you’ll get bigger top sets of seeds.
This is an amazing return for your work in the garden. One investment gives you onions indefinitely. We’ve had ours for about 6 years and they grow more and more every year. They even grow outside the beds like weeds.
To harvest the walking onions, you just pull them up like a green onion. They pop right up out of the soil. If your soil is extra dry or hard, just loosen it a big with a fork or something to make it easier to harvest.
Just like any other super easy to grow vegetable in the garden, they can be invasive if you don’t keep an eye on them, so just be aware that you will want to keep the seed heads picked up or you’ll have a ton of them. (Nothing wrong with extra food.)
For more beginner gardening information:
- growing tomatoes,
- Brussels sprouts,
- hot and sweet peppers,
- sweet potatoes,
- dried beans
For ideas on growing:
How to grow:
We got a cluster of walking onions in a pot at our neighborhood plant sale last year. We separated them and planted them in a raised bed in our vegetable garden. This year, we have at least three times as many, with numerous new bulbs developing on the ends of the stalks. The prevailing winds and sun location early in the season caused all of my onion stalks to tilt away from the open bed space I have available for them. The onion stalks lean over another crop. So when the new bulbs forming at the top of the stalks start getting big, I just bend the stalk toward the open bed space at a point that’s allows the new bulbs contact with the ground so they can get started forming roots while the summer weather holds. Our onions are thick, almost like leeks, and very pungent. A Big Bang for a small purchase.
They are awesome, aren’t they? And once they have the seeds on the top, if they bend the wrong way, you can just pluck them off and toss them where you want them to grow. They will root right there. 🙂 Thanks for your comments and for reading the article!
How cool! I’ve never heard of these before but now I really want to grow some. Definitely pinning for later ?
Yes, they are amazing. Practically grow themselves. 🙂 Thanks for checking it out.
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