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

29 Nov 23, Themba Peter (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I have onions that need transplanting is it the right time, will appreciate the advice.
30 Nov 23, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
You could try but it does say Feb - April.
08 Sep 23, enie (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
is there onion variety that you can grow around November in south africa
14 Sep 23, Anonymous (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Check the planting guide - Dec onwards.
20 Aug 23, Michael (Australia - temperate climate)
Can you please tell me the best varieties of onion to plant now. Live at Canowindra NSW Thanking you
06 Sep 23, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Which ever variety you prefer.
22 Jul 23, Joseph (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Is it okay to plant Texas grano onions in August and September. I am in mpumalanga, South Africa
20 Jun 23, Sue (New Zealand - temperate climate)
My onions got a rusty fungus on the last year how do I guard against this happening again. I grew the multiplying onions found them in the garden centre as Welsh Onions. They were great until they developed the fungus.
24 Jun 23, jim (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Copper copper copper I had same problem last year onions,garlic and leeks sometimes gardening is a pain but I still do it ??? Remember to use a sticker "sprayfix" by yates is one but most garden chemical people do similar it helps to break down the surface tension so the spray does not just run off do it before it appears and repeat it several times during the season only problem with it raining constantly it's hard to do right now. P.S. my mum used to grow welsh onions in the UK when I was a boy never saw enything like rust ?
15 Apr 23, Mike (Canada - Zone 3a Temperate Short Summer climate)
Growing onions from seeds What kind should I grow? When? Can I start then before winter, or do I start the seeds in January indoors?
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