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How did you all fare with these Onions?

What I harvested was hardly worth the bother. I haven't weighed them since most of the crop is roots and layer upon layer of papery tissue.


It takes real commitment to get to the fruit of the plant's labours. There is, like Corn, just so much compostible material and so little crop. Although of the 2, I'd prefer the Corn ;-)


Fwiw pix of both and an attempt to show the many layers of tissues which need to be peeled away before eating.


Flavour is OK - but I really do think that these plants are best suited to a cooler spot.

Walking Onions:

Potato Onions:

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 27, 2015 at 10:38

Update: last garbage service all these weird useless onions went to landfill. Waste on so many levels.

Lesson 1: buy local! Meaning sowing your own seeds of Spring Onions for example or buying locally-produced seedlings. No Spring Onions are not keen on heat but they do grow. I'm settling for Spring Onions; I use them quite small, tender and the whole plant.

Lesson 2: don't buy weird plants from cold places, they don't appreciate the heat and humidity.

Comment by Phil on December 27, 2015 at 8:37

That's disappointing Elaine. I'll strike this one of my list but its always good to give a new plant a go.

Comment by Dave Riley on December 26, 2015 at 16:36

Mine have survived but not such that they are ready for harvest. I grow heaps of Spring Onions and tend to get these other varieties mixed up with the more populous clumps. 

I'm primarily a stem person anyway...but my spring onions haven't appreciated the heat.My 'walking onions' are still green, I suppose because I harvest before the crusting sets in.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on December 21, 2015 at 14:51

I had one but it croaked. 

Comment by Lissa on December 21, 2015 at 4:58

Out of the plants you gave me Elaine one has survived. Jan seemed to be doing well with the walking onions when I visited her garden.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 20, 2015 at 20:38

Heard of it but not grown it. I'm the only Corn eater so I buy 1 or 2 cobs a week from the organic supply place.

Comment by Christa on December 20, 2015 at 17:29

My lot were not very successful, in fact they vanished.   Have you grown Anasazi Sweet Corn.  It is supposed to be a strain of an ancient corn.  (Multi coloured).

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