Homegrown / Homemade: How to Plant Onions

comments (0) March 18th, 2011

Pin It

DanielleGardenGirl Danielle Sherry, contributor
thumbs up 23 users recommend

Video Length: 3:29
Produced by: Danielle Sherry, Sarah Breckenridge, and Robyn Doyon-Aitken. Videography by Gary Junken. Edited by Cari Delahanty

Welcome to Homegrown/Homemade, a video series from our sister sites FineGardening.com and FineCooking.com. Watch as gardener (Danielle Sherry) and a cook (Sarah Breckenridge) plant, maintain, harvest, store, and prepare food crops. Onions are a cooking staple, and Sarah is hoping that her first attempt to grow them turns out well.

Episode one: How to plant onions
Onions have the reputation of being difficult to grow, but don't let that deter you. If you choose the right type to grow, start from seed, plant properly, and provide the plant with the right growing conditions, you can expect success.

In general, it's better to start plants from seed than to use onion sets (small bulbs) because you have a greater choice of varieties and because the plants grow better. First, get the right kind for your conditions. Long-day onions are best for the North, where onions are planted in spring and harvested in late summer. In the South, where onions are planted in fall and harvested before the weather gets hot, short-day onions are best.

When your seedlings reach the thickness of a pencil, get them used to outdoor conditions by setting them outside for a while in a sheltered location. After this "hardening off" period, they can be set out into garden soil.

Plant your onion seedlings 4 in. to 6 in. apart, burying each deep enough to cover the white part of the plant. Then trim the tops of the plants to a height of about 4 in. Rows should be spaced at least a foot or two apart. Water well, and be sure that the onions get about an inch of water per week.

 Homegrown/Homemade Video Series More videos from this series...



posted in: Homegrown, onions