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I bought walking onions on ebay a little while ago, and they were killed off by the sudden severe weather. i would not have bothered, but the seller  cavens9460, had stated they were fully hardy. Clearly this was wrong, and they sets I had purchased from another seller are doing amazingly well. Unfortunately I was just out of the 45 day time limit, so had no way to open a case, but I mailed cavens9460, and asked him to point out that the plants are frost tender, only to get abuse back. I attempted to buy more so that I could leave fresh feedback and cavens9460 was able to cancel the sale. Buyers beware. Protect your plants until the frosts are finished


  • blackestblackest Posts: 623

    Googling them I found this typical entry.

    "Egyptian onions are a unique cold-hardy perennial onion that is very easy to grow. They will also tolerate heat and poor soil. They are disease and pest resistant. Plant Egyptian onions anytime from early spring until snow falls in the fall or winter. The green shoots that grow in the spring can be used like green onions or chives. Also called tree onion, winter onion or walking onion.They are called walking onion because the bulb clusters which grow on the top of the plant, bend down to the ground from their own weight as they grow. The bulbs take root in the ground, and begin to grow new plants! "

    Perhaps you should have held off on planting them a while. You can kill pretty much anything given the right conditions, I can anyway. Just started planting out onions today they have just had a month in plug trays in my greenhouse because the weather was poor.

  • joslowjoslow Posts: 218

    I love buying plants on ebayimage

    I will just get my coat.

  • NetherfieldNetherfield Posts: 120

    Although strangely he does have a good feedback rating.

    You would think the seller would be more sympathetic,most would like to keep the 100%.

  • I don't buy plants on ebay any more, bulbs and corms yes, but the private sellers don't have the specialist packing that established companies have, and the plants are either mangled or just don't survive my re-potting technique.  Odd, that, because most of the plug plants I've had through Suttons or T&M survive - think it's just repotting after their Royal Mail ordeal is the last straw for ebay plants.

  • Before buying it you need to go with some reviews and all then only buy it...

  • JakJak Posts: 10

    I split up a supermatket Basil today into 5 plants put 1 back into the kitchen and 4 in the greenhouse in  pots, did the same with parsley but put some in a raised bed under a tunnell hope they all survive

  • joslowjoslow Posts: 218

    Jak thanks for sharingimage

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,335

    Here's hoping Jak! Depends on your location but might have been safer to keep them inside for a little while!image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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