An onion by any other name

I spotted this onion sprouting a leaf in our fridge and decided that, as it was growing despite the cold, I would give it a chance at life. So, out the fridge it came and into an espresso cup, with some water, it went. The leaf has now doubled in size and I’m going to put the onion into the ground but have a question (it is the first time I’m growing one). Will the onion plant produce many small onions? And when will I know when to harvest?

4 Responses to An onion by any other name

  1. jeannine October 18, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    Onions make flowers and produce seed. To my knowledge they do not reproduce by root division. Take care and keep gardening!!
    jeannine

  2. Elsa October 18, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    I also ‘rescue’ plants that show some life spirit! bit like scooping the grasshopper that is still kicking weakly, out of the pool! here you go – hope it’s helpful and good luck:
    •Regular weeding is essential – because of the way their leaves are held upright, onions aren’t good at supressing weed growth and, if left for too long, weeds will soon swamp the crop and cause damaging competition.
    •Bolting, or running to flower, can be a common problem with onions, especially if there’s a late cold spell or they suffer hot, dry conditions.
    •As soon as the leaves start to yellow and die back, are ready for harvesting. Don’t bend over the leaves to speed this up!
    •Lay the bulbs, complete with foliage, in a warm, dry place for a couple of weeks to dry out. If onions develop thick necks use these straight away as they don’t store well and are prone to neck rot.
    •Make sure the foliage is completely dry before storing the crop in a dark, cool, dry place.

  3. shaggy October 18, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Onions are grown from young baby onion bulbs. The best you could get from this one will be onion seeds. You could always grow more onions from these seeds. When I have onions that sprout like this, I always chop off (up) the leaves and use them in a salad, and use the rest of the onion normally.

  4. jeannine October 18, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    Elsa I always recommend bending the stems over, as i have tremendous success with this. What is the reason you don’t recommend it?

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