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22 Feb 18 Trevor Smith (New Zealand - temperate climate)
If I was to sow seeds in February and plant out in say May would frosts have any adverse effect on them?
22 May 19 Mark Taylor (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Onions are hardy plants and so frost tolerant, they will survive the winter. My understanding is If you plant them in Autumn you can harvest them in spring as spring onions but you won't get bulbs. They need to be planted in the spring for them to develop into onion bulbs. This is because bulb formation only starts after the summer equinox when the days start to shorten.
26 Feb 18 Mike (New Zealand - temperate climate)
If you sow now you would transplant in 6-8 weeks. I think onions can handle some frost. Check on the net about this.

Onions are hardy plants and so frost tolerant, they will survive the winter. My understanding is If you plant them in Autumn you can harvest them in spring as spring onions but you won't get bulbs. They need to be planted in the spring for them to develop into onion bulbs. This is because bulb formation only starts after the summer equinox when the days start to shorten.

- Mark Taylor

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