How to grow green onions – different ways

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Green onions are a delicious and healthy addition to any meal, and they are really easy to grow! In this blog post, we will discuss three different ways that you can grow green onions in your own home. We will also provide tips on how to care for them and make sure that they thrive. So, whether you have a green thumb or not, read on for all the information you need to get started!

The benefits of green onions

The benefits of green onions
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Green onions are not only tasty but also rich in nutrients. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as iron and calcium. Green onions also contain sulfur compounds, which have been shown to have anti-cancer properties. Thus, green onions are not only healthy, but can help prevent disease! It is also high in folic acid, which helps with depression, anxiety and will keep the harmful substance homocysteine from building up in the body. Green onions are effective in preventing colds. It strengthens the immune system and nails.

How to grow green onions in a bed?

Where is the best place to plant green onions?

Where is the best place to plant green onions?
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It is best to plant green onions in a sunny area. Green onions can also be grown in partial shade, but then they will not produce as many bulbs. The soil should be well drained and rich in organic matter. For green onions to give more yield, they need 6 to 8 hours of active direct sunlight.

Soil preparation and how to plant green onions

Before planting, loosen the soil to a depth of 12 inches and mix with compost or manure. Be sure to clear the area of weeds before planting. If your soil is not fertile, then a slow-release fertilizer should be added so green onions can take what they need from it. Plant green onions in early to mid spring. It can also be planted again during the summer.

Sow the onion seeds into the soil 1/4 inch deep, 1/4 inch apart, forming strips 3 inches wide. Onions can also be planted in a grid pattern. Once the first seedlings have sprouted, the seedlings should be thinned. 

Accelerating the harvest

Accelerating the harvest
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There are several ways to grow green onions. One is to plant the onion plants indoors about eight weeks before the date of the last frost in your area. This will give the plants a head start on the growing season. To do this, plant the seeds in cells or trays with 6 to 8 seeds per container. Before transplanting the seedlings to the beds, you will need to harden them. Then pull the seedlings out and transplant them into the soil in a clump, 6 inches apart. This way they will grow in neat bunches.

How do I plant green onions to get thicker feathers?

A deep planting technique can help you with such an issue. You need to take a spatula and dig a deep enough hole so that half of the seedlings are buried in the ground. Plant in this way green onions should be 6 cm apart. The soil during planting should not be compacted, and it is better to water. In this case, after watering, the soil will settle naturally.

Features of growing green onions in beds

Features of growing green onions in beds
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Remember that green onions do not do well with weeds that can choke them out, so it is important to remove weeds as they appear. Instead, you can mulch the soil with straw, which will not only help limit weed growth but also reduce the need for watering. It is important to water green onions regularly. It is important to keep the soil moist because the root system of green onions is shallow, so they dry out quickly and require more water. Green onions need to be watered deeply to fully meet their water needs.

How to grow green onions in water?

You can grow green onions in water from leftover green onions. This method is very profitable and easy.

How to grow green onions in water?
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The process of growing:

  • Take your leftover green onions and cut off the ends with the roots. We don’t need them;
  • Next, find a suitable glass jar, or it can be any other convenient container. We add water to it and put us the onions. The water should completely cover the roots of the onion, and the top feathers remain above it;
  • The water will need to be changed once a week;
  • Put the jar on the window and watch the growth of green onions. After a while, the first sprouts will appear, and the onion itself will grow very fast;
  • You can enjoy the green onions by cutting them off as they grow, or you can reach 5 inches tall, cut them off, and transplant them into the soil.

How to grow green onions in a container?

How to grow green onions in a container?
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To grow green onions in a container, you will need:

  • A container at least six inches deep with drainage holes;
  • Planting soil + compost;
  • Green onion bulbs or seeds;
  • Water.

Soil for green onions should be mixed with compost at a ratio of 2 to 1. Then moisten the soil itself, plant the seeds 1/4 inch apart and 1/4 inch deep. Water the green onions frequently and liberally to keep the soil slightly moist. Add liquid fertilizer once every two weeks, this will help grow big and tasty green onions.

The best varieties of green onions to grow

Evergreen Hardy White

Evergreen Hardy White
Photo from @terrefarmer

This is the most common type of onion grown in North America. It is evergreen, meaning it does not fall asleep in winter, and has a white bulb. The crop takes 65 days to mature.

Red Beard

A colorful variety that produces very unusual purple-red stems. This onion will produce a full harvest in 55 days. 


Photo from @mallorylodonnell

This variety produces large green onion feathers with a delicate and juicy flavor. Onion feathers are bright green in color. Harvest time is 55 days.

Nicolas Wayne

Gardening and lawn care enthusiast

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