last perennial I bought with my splurge money was potato onions (also
known as multiplier onions.) We've had varying levels of success
with onions in the past, and I hope that the potato onions will keep us
from having to buy any more onions in the store.
Currently, we grow two kinds of onions. Egyptian
are one of my favorite plants --- they are so prolific that I end up
giving away lots of top bulbs every year, expanding my patch, and still
have the top bulbs sprouting out of my worm bin and compost
piles. We eat the greens nearly all year, but I'm often too lazy
to clean the little bulbs that end up being considerably under an inch
wide after peeling off the brown skin.
For bulb onions, we instead depend on plants grown from seed. Copra hybrid
has served us well, though we never seem to be able to plant enough to
keep us going all year. This year, I made the mistake of planting
my onions in heavy soil and got very low yields.
Potato onions are supposed to be prolific perennials, like Egyptian
onions, with big bulbs that store well, like seed onions. I
ordered my starts from Southern
Exposure Seed Exchange
--- the same company that sent us such great garlic bulbs last
year. I hope that within a few years, we'll have so many
perennial onion patches that we'll no longer have to buy seeds!
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