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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:15 am 
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Looking for Egyptian Walking Onions, also known as Tree Onions, also seeking Potato Onions.
Some years ago I had some walking onions and were told at the time another name for them was Onions on Onions.
Unfortunately I lost mine and no-one I gave them to has managed to maintain them.
Now settled in my own place and interested to find another source if possible.
Thanks in anticipation.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:46 pm 
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Ahhh yes, I just saw them on Gardening Australia, and it was the Tassie guy who had them, he also called them Egyptian walking onion, so hopefully it should turn up somewhere on the internet.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:31 pm 
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Yes it was the TV segment that inspired me to cast a wider net to look for them.
I have for ages asked every keen gardner I meet but so far with no luck.
Now they are topical after the recent show I thought it may be a good time to ask.
I've made a quick web search but most seem to be overseas and as such not legal to import.
I just have to find a local supplier or keen gardener.
As they tend to be a heritage variety I will also seek out any info from those sources.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:39 pm 
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Hi Oaklands
Here are a couple of links for you:

http://www.froghollownursery.com.au/Fru ... lants.html
http://scpa.org.au/bvssalliums.html

They look interesting!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:34 pm 
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Its a shame about the frog hollow nursery not selling them until next year, but maybe the second one might send some for you.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:27 pm 
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Thanks for the links.
Will check them out tonight when I finish the chores, still have 3 hrs of daylight yet. lol

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:50 pm 
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http://diggers.com.au/shop/product/BTRO ... NIONS.aspx

They should be able to help you. Based in Dromana, Victoria. But will post.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:05 am 
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did you get some of the onions?
are the walking ones onions that grow season after season? or perhaps they r so good they get nicked? my word association is kicking in.
i like plants that keep going for a 1 time purchase.

also what are the potato onions like?

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I have a perennial leek that has proven really useful. They taste just like regular leeks but are a little thinner than the ones I see in the shops. They are perennial because they produce truckloads of little leeklets around their base. So you tease them off to plant. The other advantage is the leeklets establush faster and are quicker to harvest then leeks grown from seed. Basically they can sit in the garden till you need a couple.


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grabby wrote:
are the walking ones onions that grow season after season? or perhaps they r so good they get nicked?



They get a bunch of little onions/bulbs (Ideal size for pickling!) on the top of a long stem, and if you leave them the top bends/folds over and the bunch of bulbs touches down a distance from the parent plant and will grow, so over time like a few years the onions appear to walk as they spread out and colonise. My mum used to have them years ago but she doesn't anymore,


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:00 am 
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awesome; my mum gave me a few marble size onion bulbs i planted. she said onions but not type - tomorrow i am gonna quiz her bestie to see if they are those. fingers crossed 'cause free is even better than 1 time purchase. ;)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:03 am 
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andrewschooks wrote:
I have a perennial leek that has proven really useful. They taste just like regular leeks but are a little thinner than the ones I see in the shops. They are perennial because they produce truckloads of little leeklets around their base.

Basically they can sit in the garden till you need a couple.
can you get perennial leek at a regular nursery?

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I got them off EBay, but if you'd like a few I'm happy to post. Its good to have a few people around with spares in case mine snuff it.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:46 pm 
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i would really like a few please.

i asked mum today (didn't see her friend) and she said it was a tree onion which is the second less interesting name that oaklands said first up. funny thing i planted them a couple of weeks back & today found 1 that i had missed in a pocket that day that ended up in our bathroom. see picture below.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:00 am 
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Oaklands wrote:
Looking for Egyptian Walking Onions, also known as Tree Onions, also seeking Potato Onions.
Some years ago I had some walking onions and were told at the time another name for them was Onions on Onions.
Unfortunately I lost mine and no-one I gave them to has managed to maintain them.
Now settled in my own place and interested to find another source if possible.
Thanks in anticipation.
hi Oaklands i planted some here & 1 is here that i missed see post on your thread. i am happy to send the little fella to you if you have not souced others or a few if mine work out later on.
let me know your address if you want it. :)

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