Have you ever considered growing your own onions? It’s actually not that hard to do, and you don’t need a lot of space to grow a large onion crop! If you’re looking for a relatively low-maintenance vegetable to grow, you definitely should consider onions. For some helpful growing tips, take a look at these 6 Great Tips for Growing Onions!
6 Great Tips for Growing Onions
1. Provide rich soil. Your onions will do best if you prepare their soil before planting them. In particular, onions like soil that includes compost or manure. Adding a nitrate-based fertilizer to the soil would also help your crop a lot! Lastly, make sure to till the soil well before planting your onions. If the soil is too dense and compact the bulbs will have a hard time growing big.
2. Don’t over-water. Some plants need tons of water. Others, not as much. In general, onion plants can do well with about 1 total inch of water a week. Though somewhat more than that wouldn’t hurt, especially if you’re aiming for sweeter onions. Just make sure not to let your onions get too dry. Unlike other plants, they don’t quickly show signs of dehydration.
3. Plant the right way. If you’re going to grow great onions, you’ll need to plant them the correct way. In particular, onions do well in raised rows that are 4 or more inches high. They also do well in raised beds. For the best success, don’t bury your onion transplants too deep. About 1 inch deep is good enough. If you plant them too deep, they can have a hard time growing their bulbs.
4. Leave the bulbs free. If you do a good job with watering and fertilizing your onions, they’ll grow big bulbs. When those bulbs first emerge, they’ll displace the soil that’s above them. You should not re-cover them with soil. To grow great onions, you need to leave the bulb tops free of soil.
5. Grow the right type. Did you know that there are three different categories of onions? They are short-day, intermediate-day, and long-day. Depending on your hardiness zone, different types may grow better for you. Within those categories are many different varieties and hybrids. Make sure to review all the different types and pick one that can succeed in your region and your garden.
6. Allow enough time. Don’t plant your onions too late, especially if you’re planning to grow them from seed! If you want to grow great onions, they’ll need enough time to mature appropriately. Seeds can take as long as 5 months to grow, while transplants and sets can take about 2 months. Make sure not to plant your onions too late in the season, or they may grow small, flavorless bulbs.
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Thanks Savanna for sharing your gardening tips!