Are you tired of having to stock up on veggies every week? Wouldn’t it be nice to save that money but still have the key ingredients for most of the recipes you make? Well, you could grow a garden in your backyard, but let’s start with the basics, shall we?
What’s one important veggie that goes in just about every meal we make? Green onions! But if you’re anything like me, you go through them way too fast. I have to run out and grab some from the grocery store every few days.
So learning how to grow green onions from cuttings was an important skill for me. Now, I have a steady supply of them for free. Yes, that’s right. Free! So, read on and learn for yourself how you can do the same.
What You’ll Need to Get Started:
These are the key things you’ll need to start growing your own green onions at home!
1) Green Onion Cuttings
With this veggie, we usually cut down to the white parts, or as close to the roots as we can, and then toss away what’s left, right? Well, that’s the part that regrows! You’re literally throwing away money when you do that.
They keep for a long time, especially if you tuck them away in the veggie drawer of your fridge. So, save them up, get at least half a dozen to start this trial run and go from there.
2) A Clean Container
I had a yogurt container for this test, but you can use just about anything. By reusing a container like a butter tub, yogurt tub, sour cream, etc. you are still ensuring that this whole test run is free. Awesome, right?
Make sure the container you choose is clean and disinfected. Try and stay away from reusing cleaning bottles as they may hold remnants of the chemical within the plastic material and you don’t want to grow your food in that.
3) Some Good Soil
If you already do a bit of gardening, then you probably have a few partial bags of soil lying around. But if not, just grab some from your yard or garden. That’s what I did, and you only need a tiny bit, enough to fill the container about three-quarters of the way.
Note: if you grab it straight from your garden, make sure there are no insects in it. It doesn’t really affect the test, but it comes as a surprise when you see a worm poking its head up.
4) A Sunny Area
Find a nice, sunny spot to put the tub when you’re done. I chose my kitchen window sill. It gets great sun exposure during the afternoon. But it has cool, damp temperatures during the mornings and cool/dry at night. That’s a great combo for trying to grow these suckers.
A window ledge in your kitchen would work, or a shelf in a sunny porch area, too. Just look around and find a place that offers good sunlight; not too hot and not too cold.
Step by Step Instructions
If you’re into gardening and have even a tiny green thumb, then this should be no problem for you to follow. If you’re like me who excels at outdoor plants but can’t keep a cactus alive in the house, that’s fine. If I can do this, anyone can. All you really need to do is scoop dirt into a tub and water occasionally.
Step One: Prepare Your Cuttings
Pull out your green onion cuttings from the fridge and clean them up. When left alone, the outer layer of skin gets a little slimy. Not to worry, it’s normal, it doesn’t affect anything. Just peel it off with your fingers and give the nubs a quick rinse with cool water.
Step Two: Prepare Your Container
Whatever you ended up choosing for the tub, just make sure it’s nice and clean and disinfected. Wipe out any remains of food, hands wash and then toss in the dishwasher on the top rack. (if you don’t have a dishwasher, then disinfect with hot water by filling it for 5 minutes)
Step Three: Fill With Soil
Like I mentioned earlier, I literally ran out to my garden and scooped up a cup or so of good soil to fill my tub. But if you have any extra, half-used bags lying around, that will work too. (of course, you can go buy soil, if you need. I’m just trying to make all aspects of this test completely free). The perfect amount is about three-quarter of your container. Aim for that.
Step Four: Insert The Cuttings
With your finger, dig a few holes that are about an inch or deep. Try and give them about an inch in between, as well. Take your cuttings, one by one, and stick them in the holes. Using your fingers again, press and move the dirt to secure the onions in their place. You don’t want them to be too loose or the root won’t take as good as they should.
Step Five: Place in the Sun
Like we talked about before, finding the perfect sunlight for your green onions is the key to their success. You need a good mixture of cool, wet temperature, then a few hours of hot sun, and then cool, dry air at night. This produces the best results and will ensure that they grow healthily. I used my kitchen window sill.
Here is a photo documented proof that this test is not only awesome but totally works. All you need to do is water them each morning. Test the soil first, with your fingers, and if it’s still fairly moist then don’t bother watering that day.
You can see them beginning to sprout up already.
In just three days, look how much they’ve grown!
Now we’re beginning to see major growth. You can give yourself a pat on the back today.
One week and I had fresh green onions to use in my recipes. But wait, it doesn’t end there. Using scissors, just snip off a leaf and leave the cutting where it is. It will continue to regrow, time after time.
Did you enjoy this little tutorial on how to grow green onions from cuttings? Pretty cool, right? And extremely easy. Anyone can manage to do this nifty gardening trick. When I found this idea I was blown away. We’re big veggie eaters in this house, and we go through a lot every week. So when I discovered that I could regrow my own right in my kitchen, that was gold to me. But not only did I discover that I could regrow onions, but I also found a ton of other great veggies that offer the same option! It amazes me that I went this long in life without knowing this valuable information. Here’s a quick list of other veggies you can regrow from cuttings.
I’m sure there are tons of others, too. Share and comment below to tell us if you tried this test and what your results were. Also, if you have any veggie regrow ideas, share that too!