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Growing Onion

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
  S P P                

(Best months for growing Onion in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 2 - 4 inches apart
  • Harvest in 25-34 weeks. Allow onions to dry before storing.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Lemon Balm, Borage, Carrots, Beets, Silverbeet, Lettuce, Amaranth
  • Avoid growing close to: Peas, Beans

Your comments and tips

23 Oct 18, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
I had this problem this year. First time I had grown onions. I put it down to too rich a soil. Maybe less N applied. And probably back off the watering a bit when they have grown for say 4 mths.
06 Oct 18, Wayne (Australia - temperate climate)
Onion Red Odourless: Planted sixty seedlings in April which have been growing well but are now going to flower and bulbs have not formed. (Adelaide Hills)
07 Oct 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I grew onions for the first time this year. Mixed success. White ones. Some formed bulbs some didn't - good health plants - probably too much N. Onions can take 6-8 mths to grow.
09 Sep 18, Sally (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Which varieties of onion can I plant in Johannesburg now. From seed
02 May 18, TJ Russell-Zapata (USA - Zone 7a climate)
I am moving to zone 7a from Texas. Do I still over winter garlic and onions?
23 Mar 18, Fanie Zulu (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Good day, can I plant the Australian brown onion throughout the year in South Africa? I want to maintain the monthly supply for my customers.
23 Apr 18, hennie (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
typically root vegetables such as onions,carrots and beetroot can be grown year round , just ensure they have enough deep soil , and keep an eye on the moisture levels, after the bulbs started forming , and give them ample space between each plant , thinning is an essential function.
12 Mar 18, Albert (Australia - temperate climate)
When do l plant a giant decorative allium and how deep.? any other advice would be appreciated.
13 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - tropical climate)
Type into google
10 Mar 18, Nana (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I live in Lady Frere, Eastern Cape S.A. I would like to know if I can plant onions now in March. Also how long will they take to mature.
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