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HiHave been given what i thinks bunching onions


By Turts

huddersfield, west yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb


Have been given what i think are bunching onions. They were handed to me in clump of abouy 20 small bulbs joined together. Not sure what to do. should i divide and re plant. Dont know what they look like when they are mature. can I eat them any time. The foliage is green and about 6 inches tall. was told that they had been over wintered if this helps. Thanks a bunch...... he he




I think you can plant them and lift once a year, just replanting the smaller ones to grow on and clump up. Try them anyway.

22 Mar, 2010



22 Mar, 2010


They sound like Chives. I'm not sure what bunching onions are.

22 Mar, 2010


I've got to look this one up. The bunching onions I'm most familiar with don't form bulbs, and neither do chives.

23 Mar, 2010 says
Bunching onions are perennial onions which divide at ground level in the same manner as multiplier onions. Unlike multiplier onions they do not form large bulbs. The bases of bunching onions are slightly enlarged like scallions. Once established, clumps need only be divided periodically. CULTURE: See Cultural Notes for bulb onions from seed. Bunching onions are cold-hardy and may be left in the ground year-round where the ground doesn’t freeze. Where the ground does freeze most varieties should be transplanted into a greenhouse or cold frame and moved out again in the spring. PACKET: 1 gm (about 450 seeds) sows 25’.I'd never heard of them. have seeds. and describes them as spring onions.

23 Mar, 2010


What I have seen so far, in my research, is that two species in several forms are called bunching onions:

There are "day-neutral' varieties of common onion (Allium cepa), such as 'White Lisbon', that never bulb up, but take at least a year to multiply, if at all. They are the most common form of green onion or scallion grown from seed.

There are multiplying onions (A. cepa solanium) also known as potato onions, which produce multiple bulbs from each seedling. They are'nt real common, IME, but are occasionally sold as seed or bulbs from mail-order sources, sometimes as "bunching onions"

There is the "Oriental" bunching onion (A. fistulosum, actually grown in many areas of the world), which multiplies freely, but never bulbs up. It used to be fairly rare in the States, until the resurgence of interest in Oriental vegetables here, in the 90's.

Finally, there is a hybrid between the two species, 'Beltsville Bunching', of which I have found very little info, as yet. It appears to be fairly rare, because, "the seed is expensive and hard to produce.", according to Oregon State University ("Green Bunching Onions", 12/31/2002).

I'll keep plugging away at this, just 'cause I'm "'Satiably curious"!

26 Mar, 2010


thankyou for the details. I too am curious when I come across something different

28 Mar, 2010

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