How to Plant Scallions From Seed


Some gardeners call these tiny onions scallions and others call them green onions. Whatever you call them, growing these onions in a home garden is a fruitful effort that will yield a generous and delicious onion harvest a few months after planting. Plant scallions from seeds in the spring and you will soon have an abundant growth of onions that will return year after year.

Step 1

Prepare a spot in a sunny area in the spring for planting. Work the soil with a garden spade down to a depth of 4 to 5 inches. Add 2 inches of compost to the top of the soil and work this in with a garden spade. Use a rake to smooth the surface of the soil to finish preparing the growing area.

Step 2

Place the scallion seeds in rows in the prepared growing area, spacing each seed 3 inches apart. Make the rows approximately 1 foot apart. Cover the seeds with 1/2 inch of garden soil. Water the newly planted scallion seeds carefully.

Step 3

Keep the soil moist during germination. Watch for the scallions to emerge from the soil within one to two weeks.

Step 4

Harvest the green leaves growing above the soil when this vegetation is between 8 and 12 inches high. Cut the leaves several inches above the soil level. Leave the bulbs to continue growing without using during the first growing season.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not harvest the greens from the same onion plant until it has grown to at least 8 inches again.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade
  • Compost
  • Rake
  • Trowel
  • Scallion seeds
  • Scissors


  • Scallions
Keywords: scallions, green onions, scallion seeds, bulbs

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