Growing Onions from Seeds
Onions are not so tricky to grow and raising them from seed, maybe the most difficult decision is which type of Onion to grow? Suttons have a comprehensive collection of onion seed varieties allowing for pretty much all year round growing in their different forms. Try Ishikura’ a bunching bountiful spring onion, for a decent Shallot one choice is the banana Shallot ‘Zebrune’ & for a mildew-resistant seed that is flavoursome try ‘Santero’.
When To Plant Onion Seeds UK?
Sow onion seeds directly into drills outside in March onwards or you can kick them off in a propagator or glasshouse if you are lucky enough to have one.
How To Grow Onion Plants From Seed?
- To sow on prick out into trays 8 x 6 or into individual tray cells. Make sure soil is kept moist but not wet to avoid any fungal problems
- Onions enjoy a rich but free-draining soil so plenty of Organic matter should be dug into the area prior to sowing or planting
- Water well in the early stages to get the bulbs to swell as they begin to form.
- Onions are great for interplanting with other crops such as Lettuce, Carrots, Brassicas and Tomatoes to name some, avoid though planting with Legumes like Peas and Beans. Intercropping plants is a great `way of maximising the use of your growing area and may prevent certain pests
How To Harvest Onions?
- Onions are ready to harvest when you see the bulb on the surface and foliage starts to flop over. Do this in damp conditions
Onions are often bountiful crops and can be planted close together. Let them dry out in the sun for 2-3 weeks and then transfer them to storage. They are remarkably easy to store and will last a good length of time. Keep them in dry cool conditions and if it is possible in crate with straw or sand. A garage would be perfect.
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