How to Grow Egyptian/Topsetting Onions (Proliferum Group)

How to grow Egyptian onions

Egyptian, or topsetting onions, produce bulblets at the top of a stem, instead of flowers. They may occasionally produce flowers, though what conditions induce them to flower instead of set bulbils is not entirely sure.

They also produce a bulb underground, though it is said that this bulb is too pungent to eat. (I’ve never tried one myself. It’s on my bucket list. ☺)

Egyptian onions should be planted in the fall throughout the United States. Mulch them well and they’ll grow through the winter. Harvest the onion greens in the spring.

Like their cousin, the common garden onion, they do best in light soil, though they don’t require quite as rich of soil.

For more information on other members of the allium family, click here.

Check out the growing guides for others in the allium family:

Scallions & Bunching onions
Elephant Garlic
Onion/Common Chives
Chinese/Garlic Chives

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