The wealth of information given by you has made me determined to grow onions from seed next year. Soon after the seedlings start getting natural light you should see new upright leaves. ", "I was wondering if it is necessary to "start" your onion seeds indoors or if direct sow was an option? i have a 80cm trough planter, how far apart do my onions need to be? If they reach a certain critical stage of development before freeze, would this work (like growing garlic)? Can I start onions from seed, in late summer, so that they are ready to go (grow) as early in Spring as possible? ", "Howdy from Calgary. This also destroyed some well germinated onions. I've had virtually no success. ", "Hi there just reading your great advice Im in south west Ireland and am making my very first attempt at growin onions from seeds mine will go into raised beds!I didnt realise you could start from seeds as Ive always seen sets!hope I can ,manage,your advice is great! ", "Warren, because you live so far north, long-day onions will not bulb until late summer, so they are a good bet if you start seeds right away. See how they go? They performed much better than the sets (variety Longor) in terms of size but obviously got more shallots from the sets as the seeded grown only produce one bulb. To maximize growth of your seedlings, weed around the roots regularly, so they don’t block the sunlight from the young plants. Plants arrive as dormant starts — expect them to be dry and/or pale in color due to dormancy and shipping. Growing Intermediate Day Ruby Ring (Red), Candy (Yellow) and Sierra Blanca (White) If they appear to be established in your area, you could cover your bed with a rowcover tunnel until the plants start growing vigorously. ", "Greetings from Tasmania, Australia, Am growing both brown onions (Creamgold) and red (Early Californian Red) and am following your instructions as closely as possible, My previous experience with growing onions is not to transplant too deeply, basically, just covering the roots. Once they got their 3rd or 4th leaf I moved to the cold frame and they are doing great. Pitch them and start over if your frost date is not until May, or work with purchased sets and seedlings this year...Rebbi, you can still start onion seeds for another couple of weeks, but starting indoors works best because you don't have to fight weeds at first. ", "Thank you for all your help this past year Barbara. I wanted to plant out this weekend but we are still due our last frosts in May. You need Steinernema feltiae nematodes for onion maggots. ", "Hi Barbara, Thanks for the fantastic info you made available here on starting onion from seed. When planted they become onions much faster than the little threads for sale in Spring (grown from seed started in Feb). I haven't trimmed them, could that be an answer? Having read the information on here do I need to trim them to promote bulb growth? Your personal best. Or, as long as you keep them weeded, you can harden off the seedlings and set them out in the garden. I do have about 50 Stuttgarter sets growing now which should be ready to plant out in a couple of weeks, these'll be my 1st attempt at onions and the seedlings should hopefully give a good harvest next year if i do it right. I've read some sources that say continue to trim the tops until winter comes to promote root growth and then let them go gangbusters in the spring. Sometimes, when your onions fall over, it is a sign of maturity. Thanks", "Hello, 1 thing i'm confused about is this...i live in England and sowed a packet of Bedfordshire Champion seeds a couple of weeks ago. Eating. ", "Planting different varieties can help, but not staggering planting dates, because onions bulb in response to day length. The more light your seedlings get, the stronger they will grow. Planting Onions From Seed. In Nashville you should be putting well grown seedlings in the ground now. ", "Here in the deep south we take the root end of green onions and plant them around the perimeter of the garden. That may be the crucial difference. If you're eager to harvest and you bend over the tops, the bulbing process will stop. You can hand-pull the weeds or use a hoe around the plants. Even though the onions will be crowded while they live in the flat, they don’t seem to mind. I'm not sure why people plant them around the perimeter though, someone told me they're supposed to help ward of pests. Onions need a bit more moisture than other seedlings but will rot if kept too wet. ", "Vicki, I'm growing autumn onions from seed, sown in a coldframe, and a few in the greenhouse. ", "Kelly, that first leaf with the shriveled end can be trimmed, but don't snip it off completely until it turns tan. If any of the seedlings or bulbs should get dislodged fromunderground, just press them back into place. I use a two-bulb florescent fixtures with new bulbs this year. Many gardeners in other parts of the world choose not to support Monsanto because of GMO and economic issues. Then how deep do I need to transplant the seedlings? i also have 3 different size potatoe sacks if they will be better than the trough. ", "Thank you, that gives me hope. ", "Hi you are saying about using lights to give heat as well as light. Using containers too large invites problems with root rot and damping off. Thank you! Unfortunately a number have succumb to onion maggots. What is the best way to store your fully grown onions? Four to five weeks after planting, side-dress with additional fertilizer. ", "Onions may deter grazing pests like deer and rabbits, which would be a good reason to grow them around the outside edge of the garden. ", "Hi Barbara. We are getting our first sunny day in a little while so will se what I can do. _____ I transplanted them to 4 1/4 inch deep containers on April 3rd (from 2 litre juice and ice cream containers). Maturity. I've followed your instruction and my onion seeds came up - the tallest currently being about 3". Are row covers helpful to onions through the winters here? They were started almost a month ago and are 3-4 inches tall. Infected plants should be pulled up immediately, indoors or out in the garden, and composted. Onion seeds are one type of seed that do not store well. ", "What about chives? Much can go wrong, because onions are biennials that will bolt/bloom if the sets are too large, or if the newly planted sets are exposed to cold growing conditions. This time of year, you can start seeds of "Japanese" onions, which winter over and bulb in late spring. ", (If you have difficulty using this form, please use our. ", "Thanks for bringing the allium leaf miner to my attention, Joyce. I wanted to know what is the right altitude to grow and how to rease onion nursery? When you transplant them to the garden, the seedlings will pull apart easily. I transplanted the seedlings into the ground several weeks ago. However, once the tops begin to lay over, usually by late summer, watering should be stopped. I also purchase a fresh bag of seed-starting mix each spring as a safety precaution against soil-borne diseases. I would keep them in a cool place until early spring, and plant them then. You can sign in to vote the answer. Typically first frost is in mid-November. ", "It sounds like there is something about the site or soil the onions find objectionable. 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