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Onion Houseplant?

Category: Gardening | Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:45 am

I work behind a desk all day and I have a small plant that I keep on my desk. To be honest I'm not exactly sure what the name of it is, but it has flourished under the fluorescent lights.

The fact that the little plant was doing so good made me wonder if I could grow a vegetable at work. I've been kicking around trying different ones and have finally decided on an onion. The reason behind choosing an onion is because they don't get very big. A tomato would be awesome, but somehow I just can't imagine my employer appreciating a tomato plant setting on my desk, even one of the smaller determinate varieties.

As I mentioned, the office has fluorescent lighting, but there is a window across from my desk that also lets filtered sunlight in. I'm thinking that is one of the reasons that the plant has done so well. A couple of weeks back I started some onion seed and now I have a couple of tiny seedlings growing. I'll let them get a little bigger, pick the best one and put it in a nice pot just in time for the very first "take an onion to work with you day" (yes, I made the day up myself, but I'm thinking it could catch on... well, maybe not).

I'd like to keep a photo journal of the onion from start to finish. Once the sun comes up I'll post a picture of the two seedlings (don't ask me why I'm posting about growing onions at my desk at 5:30 in the morning).

This little experiment may or may not work. The fun is going to be finding out. I'm pretty sure this is why my daughter calls me a garden nerd.

( photo / image / picture from eclecticgarden's Garden )

Office Onion - 8/28/14 ( photo / image / picture from eclecticgarden's Garden )

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Frank wrote on Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:02 am:

Please keep a photo journal EG, I would love to see it as I'm sure others would too.


eclecticgarden wrote on Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:06 am:

Will do Frank.


Frank wrote on Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:46 pm:


Cayuga Morning wrote on Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:42 am:

Sounds great EG!

I thought I would grow a tomato in a pot on my fire escape at work, but the landlord objected on safety grounds. Sigh.

Good luck with your enterprise.

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