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Jun 24, 2010 11:22 AM

Planting green onions! Who knew?!?!?!

I just read on another board, that you can plant your green onion roots! I am a newbie gardener and did not realize that you can do that. It makes perfect sense though! I am so excited to add that to my little starter garden. What else can I plant that will grow? I love in Chicago, Zone 5. Thanks. Do youthink I can plant any fruit pits or seeds?

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  1. Honestly, you can plant most of the stuff that you buy as produce, but the results won't always be fantastic. Any fruit with seeds, garlic, onions, potatoes, etc. Many of them are hybrid types and will probably produce a slightly different plant than you started with.

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    1. re: Jemon

      We recently went to a garden show where a woman was handing out fresh loquats and telling people they could plant the seeds when they got home. We took several and I Googled the fruit when I got home. Yes............... you can plant them, BUT everything I read said it would be 5 to 10 years before we had a plant of any size AND also that most plants like that are really from grafted root stock. When you plant citrus (for example) from seed you're likely to get a plant that is not specifically suited for your area. I know grafting is very basic to growing wine grapes, so this isn't a big surprise.

      1. re: Midlife

        Yeah, that's true as far as I know. Most of the citrus fruits will not grow true from seed. Plus, yes, you won't get any fruit at all for at least 3 years, and those first young fruits won't be substantial. Might as well go to a nursery where they've done all the hard work for you and buy a tree that's a few years old!

    2. I've heard you can plant peaches & they will grow. A lot of root crops are sprayed though; for instance, garlic, pototoes, etc. are sprayed. That way, they will not grow roots and you can have potatoes in the dead of summer, even though they are a winter crop that naturally sprouts at a predetermined time after when they mature.

      1. Next time I buy leeks, I'm sticking the cut off bottoms in a pot. I've done scallions and it's amazing, they lasted a few years until I dug up the bulbs to use for something.