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Searching for special onions.
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DixiRuth Rogers    Posted 06-01-2004 at 06:16:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
June 1, 2004
Mother grew green onions that put out small onion sets on the flower of the onions. Each set can be planted to grow new onion plants. I have no idea what to call this onion type. Mother has been in her grave fifteen years, and her garden was destroyed after the old place was sold.
Please help find a source of these onions, so I can grow them on my little ranch in Texas.
Have any of you known about these unusual onions? And do any of you know the name of these onions?

Bkeepr    Posted 06-01-2004 at 09:30:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
That kind of onion are usually called Egyptian or Walking onions. There are several (maybe many) varieties of them. Off the top of my head, I suggest you try two places that have many different varieties:

"Seed Saver's Exchange" is a collection of folks who save heirloom seeds and swap/sell them. If I remember right, their annual catalog has about a page of walking onion varieties; you can read the descriptions and see if any match what your Mother grew.

"Ronniger's" is mainly a potato dealer, they have more varieties of potatoes than anybody else in the world, probably. But they also had a page or two of onions, and I remember there was at least one variety of walking onions in their catalog, too.

Good luck! I tried to find a variety of potatoes in similar situation (Called Rose of Aaron or Rose of Erin) a few years back and never did find them, but discovered a lot of other neat information in the search. Hope your search is a success!

Tom A

Bkeepr looked last night    Posted 06-02-2004 at 04:24:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I looked last night in the Seed Saver's Exchange 2004 yearbook (the members database, not their commercial catalog) and it had about 3 pages of different "multiplier onions" and about a full page or so of ones similar to what you described (typed in small print, single spaced so there really are a lot of 'em.)

You'll have to read through to find the one you want because there are subtle differences between many of the varieties: color, time to mature, shape. Many are family heirlooms like yours, passed from mother to daughter over generations...pretty neat.

good luck!
Tom A

hay    Posted 06-01-2004 at 08:19:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
they are called EGYPTIAN ONIONS. i grew some one year and they look weird, but put on many sets and when the plants get too heavy they fall over and the new sets take root and then you have a lot of new onion plants. can't remember where i got them from.

deadcarp    Posted 06-01-2004 at 07:45:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
We like vidalias for chopping up, but you might be thinking of wild onions. We use the stems like shallots and they go to bulbs.

dale anne    Posted 06-01-2004 at 06:27:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I dont know what they are or what they may be called.....but i have onions growing all over the place here and also a bunch at the church i landscape for....i mow them down all the time so not sure iffin they are the same as ya are speaking of...but will let a few grow up and see...iffin these seem to be what ya are looking fer i will send ya loads of them!...let me know what the name is iffin ya find out and i will take one of these onions to the nursery in texarkana and find out what it is.....dale anne

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