Monday, May 14, 2012

Grow Green Onions on Your Windowsill

Yes, you can grow green onions on your windowsill in a jar!  No dirt or special pot needed.  Use a mason jar or jelly jar, or even a drinking glass.  Check out what is on our windowsill right now.

This is the easiest growing project ever, even if you can’t grow or take care of plants.  Kids love it, and they even like to perform the minimal care required.  Just change out the water every four or five days, and your green onion roots will grow new stems in a couple of weeks.

My children enjoy checking the windowsill each morning to see how much the onions have grown, especially when we start a new batch; they grow quickly at the beginning.

I learned how to do this from foodie blogger Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious.  As soon as I saw her pictures, I knew I had to try it myself.  Go see her post for the simple directions and you can get started on your own windowsill garden.  By the way, according to some of Dorothy’s readers who wrote in the post comments, you can do this with lemongrass too.

Here are the photos of our windowsill garden.  In the photo above, the glass on the far right is growing a second crop from the same onion cuttings.  In the photo below, you see the first stems growing.

Next, you will see the first crop right before harvest with another group started in a smaller jar.  You know they are ready for harvest when some of the tips are pointy instead of the blunt cut leftover from the beginning.

Below are the two sets a little further along in growth.  Keep in mind that the set on the right is growing a second crop from the same roots.  It has been slower the second time around, so I may put these roots in the ground after this harvest.

If you need ideas for what to do with your new crop, try making Grilled Wild Alaskan Salmon Burgers.  And, look for future posts of recipes featuring green onions, so you will have plenty of dishes to make with your new crop!  I’ll be posting soon about South Texas Savory Bread Pudding (Capirotada), and Fire and Ice Watermelon Salad (part of the MyPlate recipe reviews).  

In the meantime, enjoy your green onions on baked potatoes, salads, soups, and anywhere a milder onion is needed.


  1. I just love easy growing projects like this that don't require a green thumb. :-)

  2. Oh how brilliant - thank you for sharing on Motivational Monday - off to pin.

  3. Fun! We might have to try this :)

  4. Katie and Sarah, this really is very easy and fun.

    Pink, thanks for pinning!

  5. That's wonderful-crazy to realize you just need water! How fun to have something edible sitting in a jar on your windowsill--I can't eat onions, but the rest of the family can. I'm going to try this.

  6. I didn't know you could grow them without dirt? We are growing radishes and garlic in small containers on the porch. The green onions in our garden spread like crazy.

  7. We're trying this! I'm featuring you on this week's Kid's Co-op. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  8. Julie, we have also grown them in pots, but I think we'll have to try them in the garden too. I can always find a way to add green onions to our meals.

    Thanks for featuring this post, Lorie.


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