Early in the spring I found a pot of walking onions for sale at the Master Gardeners’ plant sale. It was chock full of walking onions. I think someone had dug up a shovel full of them from a very overgrown patch, dumped them in a pot and that’s what it was. I have a friend who had wanted some and they’re kinda hard to find so I split what was in the pot with her so she got half and I got half.
I had been on the list at Rare Seeds to get bulbils in when they were available and was able to order more yesterday. I only got one package because these will multiply quickly once they get started growing well.
Since it was already getting hot when I got mine, I planted them in a raised bed and then I also planted squash in the raised bed. I figured that would provide a little shade for the new onions and help keep them from burning up before they got their roots established.
I’ve now pulled out the squash and here’s what I have.
Right over to the right, you can see a stalk that has fallen over. As the tops grow, the “seeds” form at the top. There are three to ten or more “seeds” or “bulbils” at the top.
Once the top gets too heavy, the “blade” falls over and the seeds plant themselves. That’s why they’re called “walking onions”. They will literally walk all over the place. I read that they can walk up to 24″ and even though they spread easily, they’re also easy to control and are not considered invasive.
I pulled these off and divided them.
I planted them around that bed. I want to try to keep them contained within the bed. Eventually, the bed will become too thick and I’ll have to divide them, move some to another location or share them with friends.
Above is probably where a bulbil fell over and planted itself – all the little seeds.
They’re perennials so they’ll be just fine in the winter. It’s probably the summers I have to worry about here.
All parts are edible. I’ve read that the bottoms are hot (spicy), the green parts are similar to green onions but maybe a little sweet and the top bulbils are also edible.
You know Christmas is coming. If you have a gardener on your list, you might want to check these out at Rare Seeds. They were in stock yesterday and they are fun to grow and watch. No affiliation – just a gardener who was happy to find them.