If you can dig a small hole in the ground, you have the ability to grow onions. Armed with a little knowledge, you can look forward to growing onions without any major disappointments. Onions are a popular vegetable to grow because they have a variety of uses and require very little growing space. The following steps can help put your onions on the map.
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1. Choose the type of onion you’d like to grow. Choices include white, yellow and red/purple. You can also choose to grow long-day or short-day onions. The northern states are best for growing long-day onions, and the southern states are best for growing short-day onions.
2. Decide the best way to plant your onions. You can plant in sets (bulbs) or onion seeds. Most gardeners tend to plant sets because they fare better in cold weather.
3. Know the best time to grow your onions. If you plant your onions at the wrong time of year, like in cold weather, they may die or may waste energy on blossoms rather than bulbs in the spring. Seeds planted indoors should be started at least six weeks prior to planting them outdoors. It’s best to plant onions at a time of year where temperature do not drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Choose the right location. While onions aren’t too picky about the soil they grow in, a location with plenty of sunlight and room will work perfectly. Give your onions enough space, and they might surprise you by how big they grow.