Egyptian Walking Onions (Allium Proliferum) bulbs on tree topsette in spring

Guide to Growing Egyptian Walking Onions

Egyptian walking onions are a type of perennial onion that is easy to grow and care for. These onions are so named because they form cloves at the base of the plant that fall over and take root, resulting in the plant “walking” across your garden bed.

In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know about growing Egyptian walking onions, from choosing the right variety for your climate to de-cluttering your garden beds in preparation for planting.

Choosing the Right Variety for Your Climate

The first step in growing Egyptian walking onions is to choose the right variety for your climate. If you live in an area with mild winters, you can grow just about any variety of onion. However, if you live in an area with cold winters, you’ll need to choose a variety that is more winter hardy. Some good winter hardy varieties include ‘Oso Sweet’ and ‘Red Wing’.

Cluster of bulblets from a Egyptian Walking Onion.
Egyptian Walking Onions

De-Cluttering Your Garden Beds

Once you’ve chosen the right variety of onion for your climate, it’s time to de-clutter your garden beds in preparation for planting. This means removing any weeds, debris, or rocks that could obstruct the growth of your onions.

It’s also a good idea to add some organic matter to your soil at this point, such as compost or manure. This will help your onions grow big and strong.

Planting Your Onions

After your garden beds are prepped and ready to go, it’s time to plant your onions. You’ll want to plant your onions about 4-6 weeks before the last frost date in your area.

Man planting Egyptian Walking Onions bulbs into soil.
Planting Egyptian Walking Onions

To plant your onions, simply dig a hole that is twice as wide as the onion’s bulb and place the bulb in the hole with the roots facing down. Once all of your bulbs are planted, be sure to water them well.


That’s all there is to it. By following these simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to growing a bumper crop of delicious Egyptian walking onions.

Just remember to keep an eye on them and pull up any clones that start to form so that they don’t take over your entire garden bed.