Vegetables and Fruit forum: Suggestions for onions

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SnipesCC
Apr 15, 2017 9:43 AM CST
I love putting spring onions in my Pad Thai, but often have trouble finding it at farmer's markets. This year I have a much bigger garden available, so I thought I'd grow my own. The problem is, I don't know what variety to plant. What I want are the ones with big leaves (about an inch wide and 18-24 inches long), because I use the greens far more than the bulbs. Can anyone recommend what variety I should look for to plant? I've found pictures are often not very helpful since they don't always provide scale, and focus on the bulbs instead of the greens.

Thanks for your help!
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Apr 15, 2017 12:53 PM CST
It is getting late for onions unless you are pretty far north. What you are describing are bunching onions. They are available as perennial ( Allium fistulosum ) or biennial (Allium cepa). Most popular are Allium fistulosum varieties Evergreen, White Lisbon. Johnny's has a wide selection. If you want colored varieties Allium cepa varieties Crimson Forestand Deep Purple come to mind. These onions do not bulb,so they can planted at 0ne inch intervals.Take 3-4 months from seed to table.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 15, 2017 6:46 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @SnipesCC .

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Apr 16, 2017 9:58 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
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RpR
Apr 19, 2017 1:18 PM CST
I do know they grow better if you sing this song and dance a jig while planting:

I don't like snails, or toads, or frogs, Or strange things living under logs, But, mmm, I love onions.
I don't like dancin' with crazy Ted, He's always jumpin' on my head, But, mmm, I love onions.
Onions, onions, la la la. Onions, onions, ha ha ha. Root toot doodle-ee-oot doot doo doot.
Onions, onions, la la la. Onions, onions, ha ha ha. Root toot doodle-ee-oot doot doo doot.
I don't like rain, or snow, or hail, Or Moby Dick, the great white whale, But, mmm, I love onions.
I don't like shoes that pinch your toes, Or people who squirt you with a garden hose,But, mmm, I love onions.
Onions, onions, la la la. Onions, onions, ha ha ha. Root toot doodle-ee-oot doot doo doot.
Onions, onions, la la la. Onions, onions, ha ha ha. Root toot doodle-ee-oot doot doo doot. Yeah!
The onion is a tuberous vegetable and is a member of the genus stinkus delicioso. It was highly prized by the ancient Egyptian pharaohs, and their friends and cousins-a. They cause watering of the eyes and rubifaction of the skin, but it is very, very tasty. (huhuh)
Onions, onions, la la la. Onions, onions, ha ha ha. Root toot doodle-ee-oot doot doo doot.
Onions, onions, la la la. Onions, onions, ha ha ha. Root toot doodle-ee-oot doot doo doot.
How vewwy, vewwy cwude!
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 19, 2017 4:31 PM CST
RpR, have you been getting into the catnip again? Blinking Hilarious!
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crazypetunias
Apr 20, 2017 9:43 AM CST
You might want to consider growing some chives. The leaves will be thin in the spring but grow fatter as the season goes by. Also, they are perennials and grow easy in pots.

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