Seed Starting: Onions

February 23, 2009 at 3:43 am Leave a comment

red cippolini onions and falltime leeks

The Red Cippolini Onions I planted are starting to take off. It’s amazing how fast these grow. I just planted these less than 2 weeks ago. The secret to onions is to start from seed, not the sets that start showing up at every hardware store and Home Depot in early spring. Onion sets are really onions that were grown late last year and overwintered. Onions from seed, as long as you start them early enough, tend to do better, and become larger. Especially these guys:

 

candy onion

Candy Onions can get to be softball size, and produce fairly well in the North and South (because they are Day Neutral). When these starts get bigger, and are ready to plant out in about a month, you actually trim the top and bottom of each plant, so there are about 2 inches on the root and stem end. (this will give them a good start and get them to put more energy into the bulb.) Then, plant out and wait until the tops brown and fall over in late June/July to harvest. Onions are great because they can be grown anywhere, and picked early for spring onions. Seeds are so much cheaper than sets, too, and you’ll be able to grow rare italian onions like those Red Cippolini ones I can’t wait to try.

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