Several weeks ago when I was killing time on Pinterest I learned you could regrow green onions from the stem ends. I pinned the information, thinking it would be an interesting project to try. The opportunity recently presented itself, when my co-op purchase included three bunches of green onions.
The next night I used the first bunch of green onions. Instead of throwing the bottoms in the stock bag I keep in the freezer I put them in a small glass jar, filled it with water, and set the jar on the counter top It was hard to keep the onions standing upright, but I figured it would be easier when they sprouted. The next day it looked like the outer layer of each onion was starting to get a little higher at the top and I got excited. This project was going to be easy!
However, that initial spurt was it. A couple of days later I used more onions, added the bottoms to the jar, and waited. Nothing happened, except I started to smell a stinky-onion odor (even though I changed the water daily). I checked the jar. Most of the onion stems were slimy. I threw them in the compost pile.
There were four that survived, but they did NOT thrive. Each sent up one anemic shoot. A Google search for "green onions in water" had millions of results. I only went through the first few pages, but all of the writers of those posts had success growing their green onions in water. I started to feel like a failure.
Since I wasn't having any luck regrowing the onions in water I decided to take the project in another direction. I also read you can put green onion ends in dirt and they'll regenerate. Today I got a small pot, filled it with topsoil, and stuck the sickly onion shoots in. I wonder if I'll have any better luck now?
Five years ago today: New thing #99--It's Meez!