Growing Onion

Allium cepa : Amaryllidaceae / the onion family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
  S         S          
      T T T     T      
        P P            

(Best months for growing Onion in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • P = Sow seed
  • Easy to grow. Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 2 - 4 inches apart
  • Harvest in 25-34 weeks. Allow onions to dry before storing.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Lemon Balm, Borage, Carrots, Beets, Silverbeet, Lettuce, Amaranth
  • Avoid growing close to: Peas, Beans

Your comments and tips

31 Jul 11, Karen (Australia - temperate climate)
with the green shoot just out of the ground - bulb covered with soil. Do not over water or you will have mush.
03 Nov 11, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
can i plant brown onions now we are nearly at the end of spring
05 Nov 11, wes (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
We grew white onoins & have just harvested & are now drying in the sun. How long should they be dried ? Is it better to leave the tops on or should they be cut off to speed drying? Regards,wes.
13 Jan 12, Narelle (Australia - temperate climate)
How do you get onion seeds to germinate? I've tried with a few different seed packets, but no luck. Is it the soil? I'd love some information for optimum conditions for growing onions from seed.
05 Feb 12, Jimmy (Australia - temperate climate)
I raised seeds in seed propogating mix in small containers first. That way I can control watering and temperature better until they are strong enough to transplant. Have had almost 100% seed germination rate so far! Hope that helps.
01 Feb 12, greg (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Can u pls provide me informations on onion cultivation in my area
20 Apr 12, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I must be very lucky! I ignored everything the onion pack said (like covering with seed raising mixture, etc) and planted the seeds right into the dirt. Rather than the seeds taking 21-28 days as the packet said, they came through in 10 and going really strong :) All the best :)
05 Jun 12, peggy (USA - Zone 5a climate)
for a better onion do you fold over the tops of the onions when they get tall
10 Mar 14, GJX (USA - Zone 5a climate)
yes, this causes the bulb to get bigger
04 Aug 12, Kevin (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
No. The tops need to fall themselves ideally when they are ready. If the stem is thick and appears to be forming a seed head, then pull them out and eat first.
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Can u pls provide me informations on onion cultivation in my area

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