Friday, 9 October 2015
Egyptian Onions and Amish ones .
This morning was spent sorting out some Egyptian Walking Onions for a friend on the forum Allotments4all ....I have learnt so much from everyone on this wonderful website.
Actually these are the more sought after ones ..the Amish Egyptian Walking Onions.
There are several different varieties ..I also have the ordinary white one .
The Amish ones are red. It produces bulbils on the top of the flower shoots ..which eventually fall over and deposit the bulbils some distance away from the mother plant.
I usually leave them for a bit , then when I see a few little white roots appearing , I separate them and replant them....some I leave together if it looks like they might be damaged if I pull them apart ..or sometimes I just leave the whole little clump of them on the surface to put down roots and separate them the following year .
Yes they are edible ! Bulbs and shoots .... I know you can grow bigger and better onions ..but with these..you know that you will always have some on the go .
Ancient little creatures these ! If anything grows on Mars ...it will be this odd looking thing !
Although quite tough ..I always move mine into a sheltered zone if we get a very cold winter. They die back and come up again in the Spring .
When they get bigger you can plant them out or grow them in large pots as I do .
They do have flowers too , just not so many .... and this little bee is loving it !
If it is good enough for the bees , then it is good enough for me .