Growing Onion

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

(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 8°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 5 - 10 cm 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

22 Dec 21, marco (Australia - temperate climate)
yes you are right my onions thickened up with all the rain .yet they stalled in growth again .new seed seeded yet they are thin as well .like u said wrong time of year to grow .i will keep them in the ground to see what happens .(my first year of growing onions)
23 Oct 21, Judy (Australia - temperate climate)
My onions are starting to go to seed. Why has this happened, and what can I do about it?
10 Oct 21, jim (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I am interested in planting dates for onions all my seed packets put planting in late autum winter but they are differen on this site.My father always planted onion sets are they available in NZ
13 Oct 21, Anon (New Zealand - temperate climate)
The guide here is only a guide subject to your local conditions. You could try planting now.
11 Oct 21, Sassy (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Jim, you just missed the spring planting season, ending in September. You can sow seed starts, in doors, under grow lights, in February to transplant in April or direct sow in May. The spring planting season begins with sowing starts in Jun, transplanting in August, or direct sowing in September. You can find this information in the Vegetable and Herb tab, click on Onion, select your Climate Zone and look at the coded calendar. Good luck with your onions next Fall.
05 Jul 21, Jacqueline (Australia - temperate climate)
I'm interested in planting red onions, I am growing spring onions, and leeks quite successfully but know nothing about red onion planting and care. Could you please advise me. I only have a small balcony style garden.
10 Jul 21, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
All the onion family are pretty similar to grow. Plant them similar time as spring onions and leeks. If you want more info google
08 Aug 21, anne onn (Australia - temperate climate)
telling people to google something on a plant website is just lazy. @Jacqueline, you can safely plant the red onions as if they were spring onions, just allow for more space between the plants Note: Gardenate does not advise google - we assume that is how the questioner found our site)
07 May 21, Pablo checkman (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
How many month it takes Africans best onion
10 May 21, (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Read the notes here,
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