ReGrowing Spring Onions from Root Stock

REGROW SPRING ONIONS: 6 CHEAP and EASY STEPS

Ready to continue scratching that winter gardening itch? Welcome to the second part in our series of doing just that! Here in chapter two, we’ll continue with indoor plant propagation, in preparation for Spring.

REGROWING SPRING ONIONS

After propagating African violets in part one, we move forward toward spring by starting our fresh, kitchen herb collection, for the year. I usually start with spring onions. As these are the easiest and quickest to start.

Using Spring Onions in Recipes

We use spring onions in recipes quite a bit and we try to pick some up from our local farmer’s market, whenever available. In the winter months though, we try to maintain our own supply. Here’s how you can do it, too!

HOW to REGROW SPRING ONIONS

Cut the root tips off, 1/2″ above the white root area. Then, allow the cut roots to dry out for a day. 

You can grow these in soil or just plain water. I’ll be giving instructions for both, below.

Cutting the root tips from Spring Onions

BEST SOIL to USE WHEN PROPAGATING SPRING ONIONS

A basic potting soil, with added compost, perlite and a tiny bit of fertilizer, works best in these terra cotta pots. Soak the soil well and let it drain completely before adding the root stubs.

Hydrating Soil for Re-Growing Spring Onions

USING UPCYCLED ITEMS TO PROPAGATE SPRING ONIONS

Using upcycled popsicle sticks is a great way to reuse practical items. Instead of them ending up in the landfill.

Use one of these, or any other upcycled item you may have, to make as many 1/4″ holes in the saturated soil as will comfortably fit.

Using a Popsicle Stick when Propagating Spring Onions

HOW to PLANT SPRING ONION ROOTS IN POTS

Place one root stub in each hole. Then, lightly press the surrounding soil down around the root stub. Doing this ensures there are no air pockets in which harmful bacteria could grow. While also allowing for healthy air flow to the roots. 

Adding Spring Onion Root Tips to Soil When Propagating

HOW MUCH to WATER PROPAGATED SPRING ONIONS

Once all are snuggly tucked in, Give them a bit more water to encourage the roots to reach out for it and establish themselves in the pot.

Check the soil every few days. If its 80-90% dry, using the finger test, water it again until the water starts to drain from the bottom of the pot.

Re-planted Spring Onion Root Stock

HOW MUCH LIGHT DO PROPAGATED SPRING ONIONS NEED

Place your pots in a sunny window. Then, sit back and watch free spring onions appear like magic. 

ReGrowing Spring Onions from Root Stock

WILL PROPAGATED SPRING ONIONS FLOWER?

If conditions are right and they received a tiny bit of fertilizer, they may even flower for you!

Spring Onions Growing in a Windowsill

I place the pot(s) in a sunny, kitchen window and within a week or two, we have enough growth to start cooking with! (By-the-by, I follow this same process with leaks, with just one root stub per pot, and it works great.)

Now you’re getting the hang of it! I hope you give this easy propagation technique a try and in no time at all, you’ll have a very inexpensive yet highly rewarding kitchen herb supply of your own! Visit Starting Seeds Indoors in Early Spring where I’ll be planting the first veggie crop seeds of this year’s growing season.

OTHER HERBS to PROPAGATE

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