Kitchen Gardener: Grow Green Onions From Cuttings!

by Dorothy Reinhold on March 3, 2021

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Easily Grow Green Onions from cuttings, on your kitchen windowsill. One bunch of scallions can take you through many cuttings!  

Did you know you can grow green onions (aka scallions) from the cut ends of a bunch?

It works brilliantly! Even if you think you have a brown thumb, this is going to work for you.

I might never have to buy scallions again.

Instead of calling ourselves Kitchen Gardeners, we might have to call ourselves Grocery Gardeners!

How to Grow Green Onions from Cuttings

Green onions on a wooden cutting board1. It’s a simple trick. Buy a bunch of scallions (organic preferred).

Green onions wih the ends cut off2. Whack the root end off. Leave oh…1 to 1/2-2 inches or so. Use the top green ends for your recipe. Make something delicious!

Hand holding the bottom ends of a bunch of green onions3. They are longer than they need to be, in this photo. You can cut them a bit shorter if you like.

Cut ends of green onions grow in a bowl of water4. Plunk the roots into a vase or glass of clean water. Put them inside on a windowsill or ledge that has daylight.

Sign and date on scallions in window5. Put a note on them so you know when you started them. Why? Because it’s fun to see how long it takes! They will begin growing immediately.  You’ll get up one morning and swear they grew an inch overnight!  (Not unlike your children in that regard 😉 ) Please change out the water when it begins to look cloudy or murky; you might have to do this twice a week, depending on how warm your kitchen is. Just dump the water and replace. 

Scallions portrait on a wooden table

6. These took only only 13-15 days to get to their full-size former height. I cut them and did another regeneration. You can do it several times. After awhile, the regrowth will begin to look wan and tepid, and you’ll know it’s time to buy another bunch and start the process again.
Scallions rooting in a small glass jar on a marble counter
7. Now go write “organic scallions” on your shopping list, and you try it, too!

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Grow Green Onions gallery from readers:

Green onion cuttings in a glass on the window sill

Erika Kerekes plunks her green onion cuttings in a drinking glass, and grows them on the window sill above the sink in her Santa Monica, Calif. kitchen.

Green onions growing on a windowsillThis example is from Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro! She’s clearly an overachiever, with several glasses full!

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This post was originally published April 1, 2012 and has been refreshed and republished today.

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