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When buying and using store bought green onions, get more than one use out of them. Carefully cut all the green tops then stick the rest of the onion, roots and all in small pot of dirt. Place on a sunny windowsill, water, and before you know it, you will have green onions again. Works like a charm!
By morbetomommy from Topeka, KS
Gardening season will soon be upon us. If you like the green part of green onions, harvest them when they are still fairly small and thin, about 6 inches tall. They will be very tender and delicious. In addition, don't pull them up by the roots. Instead, use a sharp knife to cut them off about 1/2 inch above the ground. They will grow again, and it won't take quite as long as when you first started them from sets. This decreases the number of sets you need to buy. They are real good chopped and served as a garnish, too.
Source: My mother always had a plate of fresh picked veggies on the dinner table in the summer, and it always included green onions cut when small and tender.
By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH
If you don't use the white part with the roots attached, just clip off about an inch and stick them in gardening soil and water them, they grow just fine.
By TruckerLady from Cambridge, Ont, Canada
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Are green onion firsthand? If so do you pull them and will the onion bulb still grow? When can you pull the onion from the ground?
By Angie from Clovis, CA
I have been growing green onions in a really large container for about 30 - 40 years. I just cut off the top (green part) in the amount that I need. They have grown back no problem until now. The green is growing flat not tubular like they should be. What can I do to get them growing right again?
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When you buy bunches of green onions, you can replant them and clip the outsides over and over until it gets hot and they go to seed. Clip about 2 inches above the white and gently trim the roots, just a bit. Get a pot with good soil, stick your index finger in and stick in the green onion. This will work even if they have been in the fridge and not up to par.
Depending on where you live, find a place they like. I am in Arizona now and have them potted on a table under a tree, if that helps. But, I also did the same in Oregon. Figure it out and you'll get way better tasting green onions over and over.
By pamelaw from Sun Lakes, AZ
You buy one good bunch of green onions and replant. Gently trim roots, cut off the tops to eat except the center. Replant in one pot, water well, and they come back many times over. Just find a place they are happy campers. Depending on where you live you may want to spritz them. I have already gotten 7 cuttings, some days they shoot up several inches. It's cool. Just figure what works and you'll get several times over the first bunch. Do more than one bunch, and they taste so much better than store bought. (03/14/2010)
Purchase one bunch of green onions, remove the bottoms with the root (about an inch of each stem). Use a pencil to poke the soil making a nice opening, and plant each green onion end. One package of 5 green onions will give you 5 hardy green onion plants.
Use scissors to clip off the top green part when you need the green onions to add to a recipe. This requires little care, just be careful not to trim it too close to the root. You will have a never-ending supply of green onions.
Source: Preston Cumberbatch from South America