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Egyptian Walking Onion

Allium cepa var. profilerum

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Egyptian Walking Onion is part of the Allium genus and its scientific name is Allium cepa var. profilerum.

Plant taxonomists have divided onions (Allium cepa) into three groups, the Cepa Group (bulbing onions), the Aggregatum Group (shallots, multiplier onions, potato onions), and the Proliferum Group (top-setting onions, walking onions, Egyptian onions, tree onions).

Hardy little onions that are very prolific. Their blue-green leaves are round and hollow and will grow up to 3 ft. in height. A cluster of onions will appear at the end of the leaf stalks. The top sets reach maturity at the end of the summer. Many of the onions will have roots and sprouts. When the top sets become heavy and will pull the plant over to the ground and if the soil conditions are right the fallen tops will take root and grow into a new plant.1

A type of flowering edible vegetable / herb, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+).

Egyptian Walking Onion is known for growing to a height of approximately 2.97 feet (that's 91.44 cm in metric) with a erect habit. Expect harvests to start to occur in late summer.

Egyptian Walking Onion is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Egyptian Walking Onion have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Egyptian Walking Onion

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Egyptian Walking Onions can be planted at anytime of the year, however, the optimal time to plant them is in the fall.

Egyptian Walking Onion likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 3 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Egyptian Walking Onion is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

See our list of companion Plants for Egyptian Walking Onion to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Egyptian Walking Onion from seed

Transplanting Egyptian Walking Onion

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Egyptian Walking Onion is a very hardy plant.

How long does Egyptian Walking Onion take to grow?

These estimates for how long Egyptian Walking Onion takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Egyptian Walking Onion to germinate?
12 days

Average 12 days | Min 4 days | Max 119 days (9)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Egyptian Walking Onion?
+ 86 days

Average 86 days | Min 86 days | Max 86 days (1)

Days to Maturity How long until Egyptian Walking Onion is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 426 days

Average 426 days | Min 311 days | Max 2352 days (5)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Egyptian Walking Onion?
= 524 days

Other names for Egyptian Walking Onion

Pearl onions, Top onions, Topset onions, Walking onions, Egyptian onion, Tree Onion

Allium cepa x Allium fistulosum, Allium cepa (Proliferum Group), Allium cepa var. bulbiferum, Allium cepa var. proliferum

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