Post by desertwoman on Jun 17, 2015 17:51:50 GMT -5
I grow shallots every year and those don't look like any I have grown. If you look at Octave's picture you can see that several cloves are clumped together with one root system (sort of like garlic, but more loosely together than a head of tightly joined garlic cloves) (but the shallot cloves are sort of garlic clove shaped, only bigger).
I don't know about walking onions- I've never seen one- so I don't know if that's what they could be.
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
Yep, plant those onions. Devote a spot to a mother clump from which you will take the little bulbs, separate the clump, and plant the small bulbs in a row for green onions. The mother clump will expand out some over time. They are perennial. Some call them "Forever Onions". Once you have them you have onions forever.
Last year a friend generously gave me 6 walking onions in a pot and said to plant out in the garden. First time with them so I just separated each one and planted about 6" apart. This Spring the clump turned into about 24 so the others in the community garden took about 20 for their plot and left 5 or 6. These plants formed the bulbils like Lisaann's middle picture with about 8 new ones to plant. I cut off the bulbils, planted them, cut down the stalks of the older plants and will wait for Mother Nature to take her course.
I found a little room for the new plants around part of the tomato cages/
Leave Room in Your Garden for Angels to Dance.
OGer since March 2003.
Colorado Zone 5