White onion, red onion and yellow onion are ancient bulb plants that are easy to grow.
Overall Onion facts
Height – 30 to 40 inches (80 to 100 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – light, drained
Flowering – April to September
From planting or preparing seedlings all the way to the harvest, you can’t fail in growing them.
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Sowing and planting onion
There are two options for you to start growing onions: sowing from seeds, or planting bulbs. In this case, planting small onion bulbs for them to grow is the most successful of the two, and the simplest to quickly produce beautiful onions.
- Sow seeds in a nursery at the end of winter until the beginning of spring. Sowing can take place from February to April. After that, transplant your tiny bulbs to the ground when they’re as thick a your thumb.
- Plant onion bulbs at the same time, remembering to bury the bulb about 3 times as deep as the bulb is high. Spacing should be around 4 to 8 inches (10 to 15 cm).
- Check for white butterfly eggs from time to time, since removing them will keep caterpillars from appearing.
Simply pull them out whenever you need a few, or you can wait until they mature.
If harvested when mature, you’ll have to cure the onions for a couple days. Pull them out and let them dry in the sun while keeping moisture away.
Summer onions are often eaten raw in salads or to spice a marinade.
In the case of winter varieties, pull onions out once leaves have yellowed and dried, and, just like the summer varieties, let them cure or dry out in the sun for a few days.
Store away from moisture for as long as you wish, in a cool and ventilated spot.
All there is to know about onion
The taste differs slightly in each case, red onions being sweeter. Correspondingly, this makes red onions perfect for onion jam or salads. White onions are great for preserves.
Yellow onions are used in most onion-based dishes.
Smart tip about onion
Avoid rich soils, there is no need for any kind of fertilizer.
Also take note that yellow onions keep best if you wish to store them for a while.
Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Harvesting onion by Mark Valencia ★ under Pixabay license
Growing onion by Andreas Göllner ★ under Pixabay license
Steel basket with onion by Fran Hogan ★ under Unsplash license
Sprouted onion out of the ground by Tookapic ★ under Pixabay license