Grandpa Brown’s Multiplying Onions

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Last week, local Skidmore farmer Allen Hudson brought in a batch of his very special onion sets. Those who have been around awhile haven’t seen a true multiplying onion here at Gill’s in years! It’s a tasty onion that you can plant year round, with a cool story that we wanted to share. 

Allen named these heirloom onions ‘Grandpa Brown’s Multiplying Onions’ after his grandpa. As a kid, they would buy these onion sets at Zimmer’s Nursery in Beeville, plant them together, and watch them multiply. 

After going off to college and returning to the area, Allen wondered if he could still find these onions to try and grow them commercially. He ended up tracking them down to a farmer in Toledo, TX and was able to get just 14 onions. He planted all 14, but the cows tore up 7, so he was really only able to start with 7 onions. Now he’s got that number up to about 50,000 at his farm! Rescued from the brink of extinction!

We’re so happy to have some available for you here at Gill’s! Most onion sets are not available until mid-November, but Grandpa Brown’s are ready to plant right now. Allen says plant them “up to the hips”, meaning leave some of the white bulb showing above the soil. They can be planted in clay or sandy soil, they’re heat tolerant, and cold hardy. Allen has tested lots of different fertilizers on the farm and found that the onions love organic Medina Growin’ Green – one of our favs. 

They multiply by division, so you can plant a few and have a steady supply of green onions for years to come.  

-Jesse

24 Comments on “Grandpa Brown’s Multiplying Onions”

  1. I got some today, looking forward to this heirloom and making sure it goes on into the next generation. I grow a lot of onions that are mostly potato onions. So happy to get a supply at Gill’s. Thanks so much. Bob & Donna, Rockport, Tx

  2. I would like to buy some of your multiplying onions. for my home garden. Can you ship to Georgia and what is the price.

  3. I am looking for old fashioned multiplier onions,, the kind where you plant one bulb and grows several in A clump, pull them up, can cut one off just above the white part, and replant, and they’ll start all over again. Do you have any of these and how much? I live in southern California. Thanks Bev

  4. I bought a set of multiplying onions from a vendor at our local Farmer’s Market at the Art Center. My Dad grew them in our home garden, and I hadn’t been able to find them since. They’re now flourishing in my home garden!

  5. Zone 9 B Central Florida here anxiously waiting onion delivery next few days looking forward 2 seeing what they will do? My recently harvested dixondale onions produced Fair whatever⁉️

  6. Thank you for your purchase Mr. Turner. If you have any questions or issues while growing them fell free to contact me any time.
    Allen Hudson
    Serenity Agriculture
    361-354-3534

  7. I am intrested in your multiplying onions ., wondering if they come in bulbs or sets ,i’v raised those type of onions before..Live in tn now ,can’t find them here.

    Thanks
    Curtis

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