Walking onions

My dad found some walking onions at a garden centre. They were in a sorry state, apparently, being the leftovers from a more vibrant stock, but he’s always been fascinated with them since he was a child when there were some in his family’s garden.

So, he bought the two plants – a challenge is a challenge after all – one plant for him and one plant for me. Or should I say I have some sproutings from the original plant and some bulb heads to be dropped on top of compost in a pot. 


I need to think about where to put them in the garden, once the plants are established. There’s nowhere at the moment but who knows in a month’s time….

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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12 Responses to Walking onions

  1. why walking? I’m intrigued

    • Helen says:

      From what I know, the onions ‘walk’ by dropping their seed, so they reproduce in a new position. (You also eat the seeds which are the onion, if you like, but you need to be careful not to eat them all, otherwise they can’t reproduce.)

  2. streepie says:

    Interesting – I had never heard of them. Funky things, hopefully they will behave and not walk all over you and your garden 😉

  3. Awesome update thank you for sharing have a blessed day Helen

  4. Well done nothing like adding walking onions to the mix 😃

  5. Never heard of them! Will be great to know how you get on with them!

  6. drofmit4108 says:

    The walking onion is also known as the tree onion… because the new bulbs appear up the flower stem amd not a flower. The walking bit is as you describe… but not by dropping off, the onions plant themselves as a group where the dying stem and they land!
    If the old stem folds in half, the onions come up in the same place… if it folds at the base, the new plants come up the height of the stem away. Sometimes slugs do the felling!!
    The onions are a fascinating group… try and get hold of some Welsh onions…
    They are a type of bunching onion…. tops can be used in Chinese cooking and salads…. bases are rather like shallots… but, certainly with ours, they are square in section… that’s how tight they bunch!!
    But tree onions… fun things, fun!!
    But you can of course cheat… and dictate how they fall!!

    • Helen says:

      Thanks for all this, Tim. It will be interesting to see how these grow. I still haven’t sorted the bulbs out yet – a job for tomorrow, maybe!

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