How to Grow Egyptian Walking Onions in Your Garden

EGYPTIAN WALKING ONIONS: Did you know there was a kind of onion that grows in spring, summer and fall? Did you know there was an onion you could plant once and never have to plant again? Egyptian walking onions will continue to grow themselves year after year in your vegetable garden

Did you know there was a kind of onion that grows in spring, summer and fall? Did you know there was an onion you could plant once and never have to plant again? Egyptian walking onions will continue to grow themselves year after year in your vegetable garden

How to Grow Egyptian Walking Onions in Your Garden

Egyptian walking onions are one of the easiest things we’ve grown in our garden. 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.

egyptian walking onion seeds being held in a hand

You plant Egyptian walking onions in early spring for best results. They continue to grow late into the fall and all summer long as well.

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How to plant Egyptian walking onions

The walking onions are one of the first things to come up every spring. They grow like a green onion. Once you harvest the onion, it will not grow back.

top set of seeds of an egyptian walking onion

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.

garden bed full of egyptian walking onions

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.

egyptian walking onion curling around

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Perennial onions that grow every year

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.

top set of seeds on egyptian walking onion

This is an amazing return for your work in the garden. One investment gives you onions indefinitely. We’ve had ours about 6 years and they grow more and more every year. They even grow outside the beds like weeds.

Where do you get Egyptian walking onions?

We got our seeds from Amazon. Like I said before, once you buy them, you won’t have to buy them again and you’ll have plenty to share with other people. It’s a small initial investment for a huge return.

How to harvest Egyptian walking onions

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.)

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6 comments

  1. Rebecca on the Prairie says:

    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.

    • Christina says:

      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!

  2. Amy says:

    How cool! I’ve never heard of these before but now I really want to grow some. Definitely pinning for later 😃

  3. Hi Christina,
    Loved this article especially point about How to Grow Egyptian Walking Onions in Your Garden
    sharing this on facebook and pinterest

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