Egyptian Walking Onion Plants
VEGE-ONION-1-5Regular price $9.50
No space to plant Onions? No time to replant every year? Try Egyptian 'walking' Onions. This perennial plant can be trained up a trellis, and will regrow each spring. It sets Shallot-flavoured Onions at the top of the plant where they can be picked easily.
Urban Bounty Egyptian Onions come in a 1.5 litre pot containing two sprouted plant bulbs.
About Egyptian Walking Onions (Tree Onion, Perennial Onion)
Egyptian Onions are a unique type of Onion. Despite the reference to Egypt, they are thought to have originated in India or Pakistan, before being introduced to Europe by the ancient Romans.
Unlike other Onion varieties, Walking Onions set their Onion bulbs above, not beneath, the soil. Each blue-green stalk will set clusters of small brown Onions where a traditional Onion would usually produce a flower. This is also a perennial Onion. While it will die off over winter, it comes to life again the following spring.
The name 'Walking Onion' refers to the growth habit of this plant. If left to its own devices, Egyptian Onions will 'walk' across the ground, spreading about 60cm per year, and setting down new roots/plants along the way! Don't worry, Egyptian Onions aren't invasive - their creeping growth habit can easily be managed by training them up a trellis or pulling any that are unwelcome.
Culinary Uses for Egyptian Walking Onions (Allium x proliferum)
Walking Onions taste similar to a Shallot, and can be used as a substitute for regular Onions. Add them to your favourite casseroles, soups, or pickle them and slice into salads.
Growing Information - Egyptian Walking Onions (Tree Onions, Topset Onion)
Walking Onions are easy to grow in sunny conditions and most well-draining soils. (They don't do well in heavy, wet soil.) At the time of planting, enrich your soil with some Morganics fertiliser or a little compost.
Plant your bulbs 5cm deep at 15 - 25cm apart. Choose a sheltered spot where they are less likely to be knocked over by the wind, and with something to climb up. Companion plant with Parsley and Mint. Avoid planting Onions near Asparagus, Peas or Beans.
Mulch and water your Walking Onions every now and then in hot, dry weather - enough to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Thin your plants every now and then over the summer season. Pick off the stalk that contains the bulbils to grow larger Onions.
It is normal for your Walking Onion plants to die back and look a bit scruffy over winter. In early spring, they will send out new green shoots from the base. Divide the mother plant when it becomes overgrown or less productive - usually every two - three years.
Climate and Seasonal Information
Walking Onions are best planted in autumn, winter or spring. If you plant in spring, you would expect your first crop until the following year. If you planted the previous autumn, your Onions should be ready for picking in December/January, when the leaves start to die back. Save the best for seed, and eat the rest!
This plant can be grown in most areas of New Zealand, but it is best to plant your bulbs before the first frosts if you live in an area with harsher winters.