Who hasn’t had onions start sprouting in the kitchen?
We go through so many onions, sprouting is a rare event here but they seem absolutely set on it these few weeks. I usually slice them up them as soon as I spot a green shoot but two managed sizable green shoots without detection.
With pots to spare waiting for seedlings to mature, I consulted GardenWeb on the utility/futility of planting sprouted pantry onions.
Verdict: Might as well plant them.
If the bulb doesn’t rot I can harvest the green shoots to use like scallions. Another GardenWeb post recommends cutting away the outer bulb layers before planting. I peeled the bulb back but skipped cutting the roots since I wasn’t sure how far to cut. Figuring how much bulb to peel away was easy since both onions had gone mushy on the outside: I peeled until I found the firm core.
Update: HUGE SUCCESS! A month after planting, I harvested one of the onion’s greens. They’re delicious fresh and make a great quick-pickled condiment! I’m so excited this worked, I shared it on Frugally Sustainable.