There are a variety of types and tips when planting onions that you can apply when choosing which plants to compose of your garden. Onions are a cold-season fall or spring crop, easy to grow because of their hardiness. Whether you start your onions from seed, sets, or seedlings, there are some tricks of the trade that make the difference between a great crop and a disappointing one.
Onions can be planted in both the spring and fall. Generally speaking, plant onion sets outdoors when the weather is cool but not cold. Typically, they are planted early in the spring and harvested in the fall after their tops begin to die back.
The key advantage an onion set has over an onion seed comes from the fact that when you plant an onion set, it is at a far more advanced stage of growth compared to an onion seed. They, therefore, spring into active growth much more reliably and quicker. Onion sets can be planted when temperatures are around 10° (50°F) in a location that gets at least 6 to 7 hours of sun per day. Plant 2” in the ground & about 4” apart, giving your onions room to grow.
Here’s a list of varying types to help when planting onions. Let us know how our gardening experts can help you this season!