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Growing scallions in home gardens

A quick guide to scallions 

  • You can direct seed scallions or grow them from transplants.
  • Another green onion that only gardeners can enjoy is the Egyptian walking onion.
  • Always start walking onions from the topset bulbs.
  • Early in the season, weeds can easily outcompete small scallion plants.
  • Pull scallions when they have reached usable size.
  • Beginning in the second season, cut walking onion greens as you would chives.

Scallions (Allium fistulosum), also called bunching onions and green onions, have green and white stalks that do not form bulbs. You can chop and eat them as a raw condiment on top of soups and other cooked foods. In Asian cooking, chopped green onions are one of the last ingredients added in stir-fries, briefly cooked before serving. You may also chop and toss them in a salad, or grill them whole as a side dish.

Another type of green onion that home gardeners can enjoy is the Egyptian walking onion, sometimes called a “tree onion” (Allium cepa var. proliferum).

All onions require full sun for best growth.



How to keep your scallions healthy and productive


Jill MacKenzie

Reviewed in 2018

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