Growing Green Onions

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Green onions are used in many recipes; try growing your own for a plentiful supply. This is a page about growing green onions.


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I love having a never-ending green onion garden, especially on the cheap. I recently got a huge bag of green onions at the shop for 50 cents. Some of them were starting to wilt at the tips. I used the dark green parts in some recipes, and soaked the roots in some water overnight. I then planted them.

DIY Green Onion Garden - large green onion tops

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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 Jennifer from Topeka, KS

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Don't toss your green onion scraps away, you can easily grow more! Soak your scraps in water. Once you see your green onion growing a little, transfer into a mason jar allowing the green onions to grow straight up, make sure the roots are in downward position. Change the water every couple of days and in about a week or two, you'll have fresh green onions!

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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.

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October 13, 2012

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.

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April 16, 2013

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

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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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March 11, 2011

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 Pamela Rochelle Woodworth from Sun Lakes, AZ


Growing Green Onions

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)

By Pamela Rochelle Woodworth

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March 4, 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

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