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July 11th, 2005, 06:01 PM
I have topsetting onions to share. Anybody interested?
July 12th, 2005, 01:37 PM
Oooh! I'd love some :)
Would you care to do a trade?
July 12th, 2005, 04:51 PM
Send me your e-mail. There is no need to trade.
July 12th, 2005, 09:28 PM
I sent you an email :)
July 20th, 2005, 03:02 PM
Explain what these "walking" onions are please? Thanks a bunch!
July 20th, 2005, 03:55 PM
Here's some info, Jodi:
250 days fall planted. These true Egyptian topsetting onions are a smaller relative of the Catawissa onion. The topsets are a distinctive red color. A prolific producer of delicious green onions that you can harvest twice a year. Approximately 25-30 bulblets per ounce.
Egyptian Onions Red/Brown top setting onions walking onion
Egyptian Onion Walking Onion or Tree Onion Egyptian Onions are a top setting onion believed by many to have been the original Egyptian onion and because of its branching habit, and often referred to as a tree onion or walking onion. The scientific literature indicates that it is probably is from India or Pakistan and was brought to Europe by the Romans. This onion is not quite as prolific as our "Heritage Sweet White Onion". The bulblets and onion bulbs of this onion are more red and round than the Catawissa Strain which has more brown in the sets.
I got mine and they smelled great! I can't wait to plant them :)
BTW, I will email you soon!
July 20th, 2005, 08:39 PM
What is really nice about these onions is that once you get starts you will always have them. Unlike other onions that are a bienniel and produce seed, these onions multiply under the ground and then at maturity produce small bubils on the top of their stem instead of seed. When the stalk gets heavy under the weight of these bubils , it bends and the bubils replant themselves. This is where the name walking onions come from. They make great scallions and the mature onions(after producing bubils) makes a strong little onion great for roasts, cutting in eggs, etc....
Would you like a sample?
July 22nd, 2005, 10:14 AM
Lovetogarden and the pumpkin queen,
thanks to you both!
sounds interesting and a fun element to the garden. So yes, I would like to try a sample. What do you need, lovetogarden? I will PM you.
July 22nd, 2005, 12:44 PM
Send me a private e mail with your address. I'll send you some.
July 29th, 2005, 12:36 AM
I just heard about these boards from the rareseeds email... I would *love* to get some walking onions! They are so cool. :) I do have some seeds that I could trade... will look at your list tomorrow.
July 31st, 2005, 10:47 PM
I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE SOME!!!
July 31st, 2005, 10:48 PM
:D I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE SOME!!!
August 1st, 2005, 04:27 AM
POlease send me a private e-mail if you want a sample of egyptian onions.
August 9th, 2005, 03:38 PM
i just got my onions thanks!!!! :D
August 22nd, 2005, 07:17 PM
I've always been facinated by these. I had trouble finding a source where I was before, do you have a few I could try? (I'll try to email, haven't found that part yet. Was reading my Heirloom Garden magazine that just came, thought site sounded like fun, so registered and came to browse!
October 21st, 2005, 10:08 PM
Just wanted to give an update on the Egyptian Walking Onions I got from lovetogarden toward the end of August. I built a 12' x 2.5' raised bed out of 2' x 12' lumber for growing mine in. A few days after planting, torrential rains caused flooding and I had almost 3' of water gushing across my garden area and my raised bed was washed out. The flood water quickly receded within a couple of hours but the ground was too soggy to walk on for almost 2 weeks. As soon as I was able to get back in my garden, I retrieved my raised bed and put it back in place, refilling with dirt, then started searching for onion bulbs. To my surprise, I located 11 of the original 30!! The day after replanting, I discovered "something" had been digging in the bed and 6 of the onion bulbs were gone. Later that afternoon, I caught the marauderer red-handed. A squirrel!! I spent the rest of the afternoon rigging up a cage out of small mesh fencing to place over the bed to protect the remaining 5 onion bulbs and all has gone well since. I now have 5 walking onion plants that are about 12 - 14" high and they're doing great. I've attached a photo I took last week.
October 23rd, 2005, 11:58 PM
Glad to see you are enjoying those onions, although you had a few mishaps.
Don"t worry, those five will multiply every year to the point you will have an excess like me!
Sorry to those who requested onions after I ran out of them. I am sure I will have more to share next year.
October 24th, 2005, 02:11 PM
To those who I was unable to supply egyptian onions to---Teriitorial Seed Company has them. Just go to their web site.
October 25th, 2005, 10:45 AM
My walking onions are up and "walking" too! Ok, not really "walking" yet, but happily growing and I'll be sure to offer some here if they take up that "walking" think. Thanks a million to LoveToGarden, it was really generous of you to keep and send them. I'd been curious for a long time!
January 21st, 2006, 11:39 AM
Am I too late to ask for some of your 'walking onions'?
Please let me know if I could get some of them?
January 22nd, 2006, 06:19 AM
Lidja, I think I'll have more next year too. (Cold slushy ground outside and the only walking onions left inside are the supertiny ones.)
Email me if you are patient enough to try the supertiny ones, or if you want to wait until next fall when I should have larger ones.
February 6th, 2006, 06:09 PM
I will pay you postage or trade for the walking onions; let me know.
February 6th, 2006, 07:40 PM
CherokeeRose, at this point I have two people ahead of you who are waiting for fall, when I hope to have more of the walking onions. I'll be happy to add your name to the list for walking onion (SASE or trade)if you can't find any before fall.
(Please let me know what you want me to do.)
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