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How to “Grow” A Green Onion

7/28/17 Update

So, I posted the info below about a year ago.  I have since learned that I made it way more difficult than necessary.  You don’t need to use toothpicks to balance the green onion.  You just need to put it in a small glass with a little water.  The green onions will continue to grow and the roots will swirl around the bowl.  And, I still always have fresh green onions for a mild onion flavor, a little color and/or the perfect garnish.

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I love green onions, or scallions, especially as a garnish.  They add color, freshness and the perfect amount of mild onion flavor when sprinkled on top of a dish. They are great on salad, enchiladas, a baked potato… and on and on.  The problem is I usually only need  one and I have to buy a “bunch” at the store; then the rest go bad.

I saw this on TV a long time ago; so long I don’t even know when.  It could have been a cooking show, it could have been Mr. Wizard. Everyone remembers Mr. Wizard, right?  I have always wanted to try it and finally did a few weeks ago.  Guess what, it works!  So, here are the steps on how to “grow” a green onion…

  1. Use the part of the green onion you normally would for garnish or cooking but leave the “root ball” at the end.  (I don’t garden so I don’t know if these are the correct terms but I’m sure you know what I mean)
  2. Find a small juice glass.  Put toothpicks into the green onion so the roots can sit in the water.
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    The set up

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    The 2nd evening
  3. Make sure to fill the water as necessary and watch your onion grow!

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    After 9 days!

It is amazing! Now I have onions for garnish whenever I want.  I’m so excited!

Since this is the first time I have done this, I’m not sure if you can cut and regrow over and over.  I will update this post when I find out.

Also, I did take this a step further and plant it in my pot with my other herbs for summer. We shall see what happens.

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Roots before I planted, after 18 days
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Planted with my herbs

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