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Egyptian Walking Onions

Allium × proliferum

*Plant shown is mature size*

Grow Your Own! 

Tree onion bulblets will sprout and grow while still on the original stalk. The bulblets are usually marble-sized, and up to 1+” in diameter. They may bend down under the weight of the new growth and take root some distance from the parent plant, giving rise to the name "walking onion". Young plants may be used as scallions in the spring, and the bulblets may be used in cooking similarly to regular onions, or preserved by pickling.

The plants produce bulbs at both the top and bottom of the plant; you can harvest and eat all parts of the plant, bottom bulbs, stems and the bulbils which are produced at the top of the stalk. The weight of the top bulbils will eventually cause the plant to flop over in take root in a new place just a few feet away, hence the name “walking onion’. You can also remove the bulbils and plant them a couple of inches deep.

Common Name: Tree Onion, top setting onions, walking onions,

Type: Perennial

Family: Amaryllidaceae

USDA Zones: 3-9

Exposure: Full sun in sandy loamy soil

Bloom Time: May-Oct

Flowers: White

Fertilizer: Add compost to hole at planting time.

Mature size: 6” wide and approx. 36” tall

Resists: Deer

1 bunch of bulbils


Walking Onions are shipped only in the Fall



Planting:  Plant the top sets about 2” deep and water in. You can plant this in spring, summer or fall. Select an area with sandy loam, which has good drainage where it will get at least 6 hours of direct sun. Space approx. 12” apart. This plant should be planted at the same depth it was growing in the container.

Watering: Give about an inch of water per week. Allow the soil to dry out between watering's. Overwatering can cause root rot and other problems.

To harvest and storeThe leaves can be harvested any time of the year. The top sets may be harvested in mid to late autumn. The bottom bulbs can be harvested in late summer and fall. Dehydrate Onions for long term storage.