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Post  Judy McConnell 5/28/2016, 3:23 pm

I have a bunch and will send to anyone wanting them.  Use my e-mail addie:judytiger@hotmail.com  to send your name and address.
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Post  sanderson 5/29/2016, 1:44 am

Are they long-day, medium-day, or short-day onions? I have a BTE strip, or I could build a 2' x 2' or use a 12" pot. Would any of those work? What I'm wondering is if my latitude would be good for them. I would hate for you to mail me some (I'll pay postage) and they aren't appropriate for this area.

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Post  Judy McConnell 5/29/2016, 9:11 am

Sanderson - I can find no evidence that walking onions have a long day,medium day nor short day variety.  To my knowledge, they will grow and produce in zones 3-9.

More information is here: http://www.egyptianwalkingonion.com/

The thing that I do see is that most "sets" are sent in the fall but really see no reason for not sending them now (except they might cook-LOL).  
I put mine in the end of a 4x8 bed and NOW they have taken over about half of the bed.

Sorry can't get the background color removed from the following.

My first sets came from Southern Exposure Seed (in VA) and they say:  
 Ships in fall. (Allium cepa var. proliferum) Grows well all through North America. The onion to plant if you always want onions. Egyptian Walking Onions grow perennially in beds. The hardy bulbs set bulblets on stalks. Air-bound bulblets will sprout new smaller stalks, which fall over and replant themselves, hence the name Walking. Bulbs can be harvested over the fall and winter. Green onions can be harvested selectively as they grow. Plant them where you intend to have them for a long time, as they are quite hardy. They tend not to yield very much the first year, but after that they will keep you supplied with onions. 
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Post  Goosegirl 5/29/2016, 10:06 am

I have some as well, if anyone is interested - you can throw them on the ground anytime you get them and they will survive.  They are truly the gift that keeps on giving!  If you are worried about them cooking during transit - don't.  They are virtually impossible to kill, and as soon as you get them in or on the ground they will send up their first shoots.  Even if you end up starting them late, as in snow on the ground late, just toss them where you want them to come up the next spring and they will!  Do not be afraid to trim them too close to the ground when harvesting the greens to use as green onions - they will spring right back.  After they are established and spreading, you can use the bulblets on the top, the greens, or the larger root bulb (about the size of a shallot).  It is all edible.
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Post  Judy McConnell 5/29/2016, 10:07 am

GGirl - we can't get rid of the extras -LOL
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Post  Goosegirl 5/29/2016, 10:21 am

Judy McConnell wrote:GGirl - we can't get rid of the extras -LOL
LOL - if only all food plants were that hardy!!!
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Post  Scorpio Rising 5/29/2016, 11:51 am

They sound fun! I will take some! I am going to email you, Judy! Hey, GG!
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Post  CapeCoddess 5/29/2016, 12:02 pm

Between the walking, the chives and the scallions coming back every year I don't know why I even bother planting the potato onions.  I haven't tried it yet but I'll bet you that the leeks would come back if we cut them just above the root. That's what the scallions do... multiple times per year.

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Edit: Just remembered why I plant onions every year... silly me
To have raw onions during the winter.
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Post  sanderson 5/29/2016, 2:52 pm

Now I'm scratching my head about Egyptian walking onion verses potato onion. I have a 2' x 2' bed, currently trellised. I used it for winter squash, this year for 2 tomatoes. It could become a permanent onion bed with one of these. So, Egyptian, with me forcing the top down within the bed, or breaking one apart and planting a couple replacements. Or do they even need replacement. Does the originally planted bulb keep producing? Dang, I want to try them.

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Post  donnainzone5 5/29/2016, 3:17 pm

Last fall, I visited a friend who formerly managed a community garden.  We visited his plot to harvest the remnants of his vegetables.

He offered me some "garlic."  I took a look and sniff and immediately determined that it was Egyptian Walking Onion. 

I plopped them into my garden when I got home, then later transplanted them.  They're thriving!  BTW, my friend says that his were taking over his plot.
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts 5/29/2016, 4:59 pm

sanderson wrote:Now I'm scratching my head about Egyptian walking onion verses potato onion.  I have a 2' x 2' bed, currently trellised.  I used it for winter squash, this year for 2 tomatoes.  It could become a permanent onion bed with one of these.  So, Egyptian, with me forcing the top down within the bed, or breaking one apart and planting a couple replacements.  Or do they even need replacement.  Does the originally planted bulb keep producing?  Dang, I want to try them.
I have them - and we still haven't gotten together as planned.... sooooo I think I should hand deliver them to you, lol!  Mine have never bulbed up, but I use them as green onions and slice them up.  The ones I planted last fall are getting much larger so I'm hoping for more of a bulb even though they are naturally a small bulb.

They really, really do spread, so having some measure of containment or simply pulling them up will keep them in control.
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Post  Goosegirl 5/29/2016, 8:29 pm

audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:
sanderson wrote:Now I'm scratching my head about Egyptian walking onion verses potato onion.  I have a 2' x 2' bed, currently trellised.  I used it for winter squash, this year for 2 tomatoes.  It could become a permanent onion bed with one of these.  So, Egyptian, with me forcing the top down within the bed, or breaking one apart and planting a couple replacements.  Or do they even need replacement.  Does the originally planted bulb keep producing?  Dang, I want to try them.
I have them - and we still haven't gotten together as planned.... sooooo I think I should hand deliver them to you, lol!  Mine have never bulbed up, but I use them as green onions and slice them up.  The ones I planted last fall are getting much larger so I'm hoping for more of a bulb even though they are naturally a small bulb.

They really, really do spread, so having some measure of containment or simply pulling them up will keep them in control.
The largest the bottom bulb ever gets is about the size of a shallot - and that is usually the second year.  

As to your control methods - I have never found any rofl to be completely successful!
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Post  Scorpio Rising 5/29/2016, 9:51 pm

Where I intend on putting them is in the actual ground, not very good soil....still will grow? South side of my house.
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Post  Judy McConnell 5/30/2016, 7:17 am

Ooopps - my e-mail should be judytiger2@hotmail.com

No wonder it didn't work!
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Post  CapeCoddess 5/30/2016, 8:36 am

Scorpio Rising wrote:Where I intend on putting them is in the actual ground, not very good soil....still will grow?  South side of my house.  

Absolutely! I put mine in Builder's sand, with decayed leaves that naturally fall into it, hoping to keep them contained. It took awhile for them to take off but this year, their third year, they're doing beautifully!

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Post  CapeCoddess 5/30/2016, 8:58 am

donnainzone5 wrote:Last fall, I visited a friend who formerly managed a community garden.  We visited his plot to harvest the remnants of his vegetables.

He offered me some "garlic."  I took a look and sniff and immediately determined that it was Egyptian Walking Onion. 

I plopped them into my garden when I got home, then later transplanted them.  They're thriving!  BTW, my friend says that his were taking over his plot.

One of the guys with a plot at our local community garden throws his onions bubils over the fence.  The resulting plants are absolutely beautiful and they are spreading though the whole field.

That's how I started most of my walkers, by throwing bubils in the sand.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 5/30/2016, 11:25 am

So to harvest do you just pull the whole plant like you do with other onions? How do they multiply?
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Post  CapeCoddess 5/30/2016, 11:38 am

No, you harvest the stems/leaves, and the flowers if you want. The only ones you would pull up are extras. The ones that stay in the ground will eventually form a big flower and bubils on the top, sometimes more than one.  The tops get so heavy the stem eventually bends over and the bubils hit the ground and start a new plant. That's how they walk all over the garden.
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Or you can harvest the bubils yourself and plant them wherever you want... Or eat them.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 5/30/2016, 7:43 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:No, you harvest the stems/leaves, and the flowers if you want. The only ones you would pull up are extras. The ones that stay in the ground will eventually form a big flower and bubils on the top, sometimes more than one.  The tops get so heavy the stem eventually bends over and the bubils hit the ground and start a new plant. That's how they walk all over the garden.
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Or you can harvest the bubils yourself and plant them wherever you want... Or eat them.

OK, thanks CC
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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/8/2016, 10:32 pm

Got 'em! Thanks Judy! I owe you some S&H! In good shape. Spacing?

Will be in dirt. Not amended. Just good old dirt. South side of house, brick. Thoughts?
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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/8/2016, 10:34 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:No, you harvest the stems/leaves, and the flowers if you want. The only ones you would pull up are extras. The ones that stay in the ground will eventually form a big flower and bubils on the top, sometimes more than one.  The tops get so heavy the stem eventually bends over and the bubils hit the ground and start a new plant. That's how they walk all over the garden.
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Or you can harvest the bubils yourself and plant them wherever you want... Or eat them.

Hence, the name! Thanks, CC sunny
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Post  Ginger Blue 6/20/2016, 3:06 pm

Thank you Judy, I received the topsets yesterday.  Very Happy   I'm excited to try these; is it a good time to plant them, or do I need to wait for cooler temps?
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Post  Scorpio Rising 6/20/2016, 10:08 pm

I planted mine this past weekend...hope that is OK!
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Post  llama momma 6/21/2016, 4:03 am

Once I heard how hardy they were I took the Egyptian onions out of the sfg box and put them in the lawn near the sfg boxes.  They took off even after my husband ran over it all with the riding mower.  Twice.  Hardy is an understatement with these plants!
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Post  CapeCoddess 6/21/2016, 3:16 pm

Ginger Blue wrote:Thank you Judy, I received the topsets yesterday.  Very Happy   I'm excited to try these; is it a good time to plant them, or do I need to wait for cooler temps?

Plant them anytime. They are wild and crazy.
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