2 weeks ago, my sister handed an onion to me and said “Plant it!” I was baffled. It was still a good onion, just had a green sprout coming out of it. She says it was left behind in her pantry and it grew a sprout and that she thought I could grow more onions from it.
It had been raining a lot the past 2 weeks so i set the onion aside. Finally, yesterday, it was dry enough to plant at the balcony.
Onion peeled for planting.
I used the sandy soil from the Rosemary plant (that died and did not come back to life as I had wished). I stuck the onion in the soil and voila!
I thought that was that. Until this morning, i researched a bit on planting onions to find out more about how much to water it. This is what I found. Anktangle and Happy Mothering blogs both cut up the onion to plant the part with the sprout. I realized it made sense, otherwise the non-sprouting onion would rot.
So I dug out the forgotten onion.
I cut up the onion to look for the sprouted portions. i didn’t want to damage the it so i didn’t separate the twin sprouts. The inner sprout was slightly soft and wet at the edges but i used it anyway. I feel bad for wasting the rest of the onion though. The cut up parts could have been good enough to cook with. But being the germophobe that i am, i didn’t want to use the onion that i had buried in the soil. Silly, i know, since onions grow under the soil. In my mind, the new onions have more skin, more protection from the dirt. (i know, no logic there.)