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Reproducing onions by bulbils, “pips or grass”. This is the method by which super specimens such as “show onions” are usually grown. These show onions are specially selected strains to produce giant onions. You can see the principal of this method if you allow one of your onions plants to form a flower head in the second year( they are bi-annuals), or if they have gone to seed in the first year. Give them the following treatment, and instead of forming onion seed pods, they will form green shoots which can be planted up. It is not what you would expect to happen, but nature is very complex and surprising! Onions produced by this method will be genetically the same as the original plant.

Allow the flower buds to form and then using small scissors, cut off all the individual buds. The onion plant then compensates for this treatment, by trying to reproduce itself by forming bulbils, pips or grass, as shown in the photo.


SEEDLINGS GROWN IN CELLS READY FOR HARVEST RELATIVE SIZE OF SETS SHOOT READY TO GROW ONION LONG RED FLORENCE PIPS OR MINI ONIONS