Learn the best way to plant a sprouted onion in this easy gardening tutorial. Transform sprouted onion bulbs into brand new onions with these easy steps.
Author: Chrystal Johnson
Small glass of water
Garden bedor 5-gallon buckets filled with potting soil
Cut carefully into the onion lengthwise to expose the center sprout. Be careful not to cut through the root of the onion.
Remove the outer layers of the onion, until you just have the center sprout remaining. As long as the outer layers of the onion are still firm, you can eat them. If they're soft, discard them. If there are multiple sprouts like this one, separate them into individual onion sprouts.
Place the onion stem into a cup or bowl of water and leave it there until new roots start to sprout. This new growth is the beginnings of roots. I like to leave them in the water until they're a bit longer before transplanting the onion sprout.
Once you have roots developed, transplant the onion into the ground or a container full of good potting soil with the root end down. I didn't separate these ones, and they didn't grow right. Take my lesson and separate all of the sprouts before planting.
Let them grow through the season. You can usually tell that the onion plants are done growing when you see the bulb emerge from the soil, or the green sprout starts to wilt and brown. If you leave them too long, they'll soften and rot. If you pull them at the right time, you'll have beautiful new onions that you grew practically for free!
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