Care of Egyptian Walking Onions? - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Sharon Haapakoski
Mukwonago, Wi
Question by femcarfix
December 15, 2009
We want to know what we need to do at the end of the season with our Equption Walking onion. Is this something I leave in the garden or do I remove it in fall?


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Answer from NGA
December 15, 2009

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Egyptian Walking Onions don't really walk, but if left to naturalize on their own, the tops will gently bend until they touch the ground and the bulbs will take root; walking their way across your garden or yard in successive years. The joy of these unique onions is that they produce tiny onion bulbs right on the top of the plants where you can easily grab a quick onion for your favorite recipe. Left to grow, these little onions provide you with a wonderful supply of onion sets to begin new plants in the spring after you have harvested and eaten the larger onions growing underground.

You can either leave them in the garden or if you'd like to store your onions for consumption you can pull the original onions, once the tops have died back and the onion has reached maturity, and shake off any soil that remains. Do not wash them at this point as it may encourage rot.

Place the onions in a cool dry place to dry. Outside in a shaded area is ideal, provided the weather is warm and dry. Allow them to set for several days.

Cut the roots to about one inch and leave 1 inch of stem at the top of the onion. Store them in a cool dry place for winter use. Barely above freezing is ideal. Warm conditions may cause your onions to rot or to begin to sprout. Check onions often for signs of rot or sprouting. Remove any onions that show damage or disease as this will affect surrounding onions in storage.

Best wishes with your onions.

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