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Feb 17, 2014 1:40 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
The Egyptian walking onions are perennial, so any time of year I want green onions I can harvest them. I only use them as scallions, never as a storage bulb. They are stronger flavored in hot weather. The flower stalk is hard, so I typically don't harvest them when the flower stalk is actively growing. After a month or so, new growth emerges beside the flower stalk and I can dig plants and separate the new tender growth from the hard stalk.

I keep a perennial patch which I call "The Mother Patch". She produces bulbils that I plant in the production garden. If I plant bulbils as soon as they are available (about August?) then they produce large beautiful clumps of scallions the next spring starting about 2 weeks after the snow melts. Bulbils planted later take longer to get going in the spring.

The mother patch is in my kitchen garden so I often harvest from her for day-to-day cooking. I'll typically cut a plant off just above ground level and leave the roots to send up a new shoot.

I store the bulbils on the plant overwinter. My daddy picks them and stores them in the garage. Either way, the bulbils can be planted in the annual garden and will produce scallions during the summer. These are what I grow for the farmer's market and for dehydrating.

This is what I expect The Mother Patch to look like in about 3 weeks:

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