Growing Onion

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(Best months for growing Onion in South Africa - Summer rainfall regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • 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 8°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 5 - 10 cm 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

01 Aug 19, Mwenya Selebi (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Where in South Africa Gauteng can l buy red onion seedlings. l have a two hector onion field. l did direct planting of the onion and only one hector has come out well. l need seedlings that are ready for transplanting to supplement, csn you help me please. Where can l.buy seedlings in Gauteng.
18 Apr 19, SHIREEN WALTERS (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Can I plant spring onions and coriander now (middle April) ?
29 Apr 20, Allimuthu Perumal 0329443959 (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Yes you can but try a tomato box size for coriander
26 Nov 18, raymond (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
May I know, When to plant onions in an area of Bioresource Group no 1 (Moist Coast forest?) .My mom wants to plant it on a correct time. I ll be a great pleasure to know. Thanks. Raymond Novela
09 Sep 18, Sally (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Which varieties of onion can I plant in Johannesburg now. From seed
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.
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.
24 Oct 17, Danie (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Why shouldn't onions be planted close to beans and peas?
17 Oct 17, Danie (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Do I have to roll the leaves of the plants to enhance bulb forming at this time before they are harvested to prevent new growth?
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