What do you suggest? I have come across a type 'Jambar F1' and I am wondering if any one knows its other name by which it is known in Europe. i'm hopeful they will do well when I transplant them into the garden in 3 to 4 weeks. Ours get a lot of time in freezing temps (both in the cold frames and after they are transplanted) and do just fine with very little bolting (we do around 15K and maybe 10 will try to bolt)", "A good estimate, assuming reasonable soil quality, would be a handful of good compost beneath each onion plant. Onion sets are miniature or immature onions, which can be planted out in March or April for a quick-growing crop. That may be the crucial difference. Again, thank you! ", "If the cells you are using are small, less than 3 inches deep, you can so individual onion seeds in them provided you use seed starting mix. In the past year, both Ben Vanheems and I have written about the virtues of growing onions from seed. Onion seedlings respond to transplanting by making strong upright growth, which I keep trimmed back to about 5 inches (12 cm) high. Eventually the onion seedlings stay outdoors 24/7, provided temperatures are well above 46°F (8° C) at night. ", "I occasionally have a bulb onion plant fail due to onion maggots, which are the larvae of a small fly. Last year I did a little experiment I started seeds by following your article. Is it OK to transplant as soon as the third leaf is up? You will need to look for seed garlic at local farmers markets or order by mail. If seed-saving is in your long-term future, work with open pollinated varieties. ", "I was wondering if it is necessary to "start" your onion seeds indoors or if direct sow was an option? ", "my onions have grown very tall this year and have a small bulb on the top of many of the stalks.Is this normal or should they be 'deadheaded'? Each year I find myself interplanting more arugula, lettuce and other leafy greens among my little onions grown from seed. They are about 5 inches tall. I have them under lights 18 hours, but see that you recommend 12 so will cut back. They're doing well, but only a few are starting to show their third leaf. ", "What about chives? With chives, it's easier and much, much faster to start with a purchased clump. I can plant in heavy red clay soil or raised beds. ", "Hi my seeds are comming along nicely on my window sill it is really unseasonably cold here for March at least 10 degrees colder than usual Ive a feeling it could be the middle of April before we even reach cold frame stage,will it matter that final planting could be much later than expected? Good luck! Trim the onion roots to 1/2 to 1 inch in length. Strain the solids out then drench the soil with the liquid. It will be good and composted by then. At this point growing onions from seed requires bright supplemental light, which I provide with a two-bulb florescent fixture. It's All About The Animals I have trimmed them back to 3 inches because they started to tip. ", "Barbara, great information. There are some things I didn't do, like provide heat and artificial light. (If you have difficulty using this form, please use our Contact Form to send us your comment, along with the title of this article. Do you recommend trimming them down to 2 in. Good to hear from fellow onion lovers! i was growing weary of having to trim them back every other day. 2) When should I transplant the seedlings from the flats into deeper containers - I plan on using paper cups. when they are very young I keep the soil moist. High mowing suggests trimming onion seedlings when they reach 5" to make them grow thicker and stronger. Plz guide me how to grow seedlings in open beds ? ", "When the onion seedlings are ready to transplant outside, what is the procedure for getting them from the pot to the garden? Should they be transplanted outdoors now or left to get a little bigger in the greenhouse? When the plants reach 5” tall, use scissors to trim them back to 2” as this will encourage them to grow thicker and stronger (and the onion trimmings are delicious in sandwiches & soups!) Can you rig up a protected space outdoors for them? ", "Here in Ohio we start them in late December and start hardening them off in early March in a cold frame. Leaf miners in general are difficult to treat with pesticides because they feed inside leaves. At that point, think about transplanting them to the garden. Oh, thank you for this great explanation! I want to grow the onion by keeping is size of spring very very low .. so shall i cut the spring of onion and keep its 4-5 inches does it will affect the side of my onion ? I have a couple of questions if you don't mind answering them for me. I'm hoping to do better this year. Are the stems fallen over? I may count a loss on this but some few seedlings have remained. So around the middle to the end of March - is this correct? ", "Yes, treat leeks from seed just like onions when they are young. I like to water them well every other day, and let them dry out a bit in between. The trimmings can be added to soups, salads, or used as a pizza topping. Shreyas, i moved my onion seedlings out into the cold frame yesterday. Onions are complex beasts seemingly, so all this precise advice is very helpful. I enclose newly seeded containers in a plastic bag to maintain moisture, provide them with bottom heat, and the onion seeds germinate in about 8 days. How do I collect seed for the following year? The second frequently-recommended control is to delay planting until May, after the spring leaf miner season has ended. Starting Red Onions from Seeds Start your seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before planting them outside. Thanks again! Please bear in mind that I am an onion maniac, and I have no explanation for my obsession with growing onions and shallots from seed to table year after year. ", "My seed onions are about 2 inches tall now. If I were you, I would buy seedlings this year, and get an early start next year by starting seeds indoors in January or February. Can I start and trim them the same as you've described? All you have to do is blend spicy peppers, garlic, and onions with some water and organic soap. The best control according to the RHS is to use fleece (row cover) from late February through April, when the adult flies are seeking their favorite host plants - leeks, chives and garlic. Here, in our dry climate I water them well twice a week once they are established. They love it! ", "Hi Barbara, Going home to give my seedling onions a haircut- I was wondering why they were falling over!Best wishes, Joyce. Properly handled onion seedlings consistently mature into plump bulbs, with little risk of bolting (the biggest risk when growing bulb onions). Where winters are mild such as the UK many onions will grow from fall seeding, but where the ground freezes you need special varieties of overwintering onions like 'Gatekeeper' or 'Desert Sunrise'. If you have any questions then don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you. ~Jaci. ", "Hi Barb - I've been following this article for going on three growing seasons. I was thinking of trying to control them using a neem oil spray- has any body tried this? If you trim one stem of the onion to the point where it is bent over it doesn't seem to have the same effect. I had to run a heater to maintain the temps for germination, but now that I'm using lights only the temp ranges from between 64 degrees when the lights are off and 74 when they're on. A few weeks later, the leek seedlings should be about 15-20cm tall and looking rather grass-like. In the US Grano or Granex hybrids are widely planted, but where cold winter weather requires more bolt resistance, "Japanese" onions like Bridger and Desert Sunrise are preferred. ", "Hi - I was enticed by Burpee to order onion seeds and potato tubers, and it is June in zone 7, Should I wait until next year or start now for fall harvest? Do you grow onions from seeds or do you use onions sets? I'm trying to keep the onion seedlings (seeds planted January 30) down to 2" or 3" in height to encourage strong root growth and avoid spindly tops. When the plants perk up and show new growth, they won't need protection from wind and cold anymore. Good luck! Wait until they are almost the thickness of a pencil to set them out. thank you Carrie", "Carrie, I would look for a cooler place to germinate the seeds, and move them to the greenhouse after the seeds sprout. The little plants start growing vigorously first thing in spring. Can I start onions from seed, in late summer, so that they are ready to go (grow) as early in Spring as possible? I also add compost to the garden beds every year. Turn the onion around in your hand and cut off about half of the green top, to a length of 5 to 6 inches, depending on the diameter of the onion stem. Seedlings I gave to my friend are thriving. This also destroyed some well germinated onions. ", "Helen, with overwintering onions you will need to provide a row cover tunnel if you are north of Zone 7. And thank you for the info you've presented - a big help!! I do use lots in Indian cooking but if i have too many i can just give them away to neighbours. Send storms also blow during this period. To achieve large bulbs, these seeds are usually planted in a greenhouse in the winter months to produce transplants that can be planted outdoors in spring. Hi, I talked about cutting onions back to 4ins.This was onions from seeds that I start in the basement under lights.After there a couple of inchs high I transplant them to 3ins pots Then I keep them trimmed to about 4 ins high until I plan them outside.Then I let them grOWW.When you think they are big enough you can bend them down but they will bend on there own. I will be growing them in 4 IN, square pots and i see you said 2 seeds per pot it is still a good 90 degrees here and will be doing this in my green house so basically i need to keep bottoms warm until germination correct? This is my first year doing onions. Chives multiply primarily by division, secondarily by seeds. Before I started using the top of my plant light, I found that the top of the refrigerator was a sufficiently warm place to germinate onions. When an onion seedling has three leaves, I gently transplant to containers that are at least 4 inches (10 cm) deep. After planting, trim the tops to about 4 inches. In Zone 5 a layer of plastic is added, over the row cover, for the months of Dec-Jan. They were started almost a month ago and are 3-4 inches tall. John Trim. Thank you for this article it has been very helpful! Or in a plastic milk carton with the top cut off?? I have found that trimming my onions starts/seedlings helps them to grow into bigger and stronger plants. My query is this, When the third leaf develops is the recommended time to transplant. As you will see when you transplant them, the seedlings have 2-3 main roots with minimal branching. Do I need to cover? I made a little research, and apparently it is possible to prune the tops of the onions – and help the bulbs grow bigger. I want to plant onions from seed directly in the ground. These are planted in August and mature in May. Thanks! With nice low seedlings, the light can be better concentrated across the trays, and cutting back may ensure stockier growth, which is generally a good thing when it comes to seedlings (update: I read a pretty definitive-sounding study that disproved the growing-stockier part; either way, it’s worth trimming just for keeping them closer to the light). (I am in the North of England). Follow these steps for setting your onion seedlings in your furrows: Hold the seedling in your hand and place the seedling root into the furrow. Your seedlings will not become sets, but will proceed straight to bulbing in midsummer. Warm soil temperatures, on the other hand, can trigger onion seed germination in as little as four days. When I come to transplant after the third leaf, and ultimately into the ground, does this philosophy still apply? I would keep them in a cool place until early spring, and plant them then. Show grower John Trim has won the national championship with his onions. Many gardeners in other parts of the world choose not to support Monsanto because of GMO and economic issues. ... clip off the top of the foliage approximately 1 inch above the bulb and trim the roots. Using containers too large invites problems with root rot and damping off. The problem is that our seedlings don't sustain in open beds in such weather due to which I purchase seedlings at much higher rates from other parts of the country. When you transplant them to the garden, the seedlings will pull apart easily. ", "Here in the West midlanmds we are plagued with onion Leaf minor on both onions and leeks- this is a pest which appears to be steadily spreading across England. Growing Onions for Show – Starting Large Onions from Seed. Some of the smaller ones are still stuck in the "hoop phase" and I will snip them loose with scissors in next few days. Soon after germination occurs, my indoor-grown onion seedlings often do a poor job of pulling away from the seed. ", "hi my onion seedlings have two leaves at the moment, you mention repotting when they have 3 leaves into 4inch tubes. Prior to planting the seedlings, they need some preparation too. These little onions, or sets, are cured, stored and replanted in spring. An enclosure made from window screening or very lightweight cloth might work well. Onion plants are also started from seed but are only about the size of a pencil when they are pulled, at which point, the onion plants are sold to gardeners. In your area, you can plant in late September, using mostly hardneck varieties from Northern Europe. Might be a good idea to gradually cut back when you get ready to start exposing them to natural sun. I would use the better-drained raised beds for short-day bulb onions. We need to grow seedlings in mid of June when temperature is around 40C and transplant them in fields in mid of August. On the positive side, these trimmings are great in scrambled eggs or scalloped potatoes. That's it and you can eat all the trimmings. Sir if we cut the spring of onion how will it get do its photosynthesis process? I am Aquinas and live in the northern part of Uganda, in the city of Gulu. ", "Thank you for all of the useful information. Until then, you depend on intense light to support new growth. I do have a question for you though I have chickens which I deep bed (don't change bedding but keep adding more bedding and a layer of barn lime) during the winter what's your thoughts of lining the bottom of the trench with this come spring. By the way, you didn't mention how many hundreds of seeds you get in a packet! Ade", "Hi Barbara. ", "Sahib Khan, to get around the summer heat and blowing sand, you will need to start onion seeds indoors where it is cooler, and then provide wind shelter for the seedlings outdoors. All this said, in your area short-day onions that are sown in early October and grown through winter as plants often do very well. Onion flowers are edible, but in general they are removed in hopes of sending more energy to the bulb. If you need help designing your vegetable garden, try our Vegetable Garden Planner. They haven't grown, they haven't died, they just sit there as if to say, 'you're doing this ALL wrong'. Transplant onion seedlings that were started indoors about 4-6 weeks before the last expected frost or freeze date, provided the ground is not frozen. Thanks for this informative website. Just type in "crop rotation" in the search bar. Do you practice crop rotation? All of my onions have started sprouting and I gave them their first trimming today (thanks to your article). Five Easy Answers. Thankyou, ", "Joyce, the garlic should be deep, with the tops of the bulbs covered with 3 inches or more of soil. This is a fantastic site, so much info!! There is also a spray you can make that is supposed to deter the female flies. I use about 3-4 onions a week. ", "Hi Barbara- Thanks for all the great advice, keep up the good work! The tops of my florescent plant lights are flat, and they give off just the right amount of bottom heat needed to help onion seeds germinate quickly. I am in zone 4b and have just had them in a big south facing picture window where they get full sun as long as it shines. Keep up the good work", "Hello Barbara, I've had very little success in the 3 yrs I've tried growing from seed but at least now I can see why thanks to your far more detailed advice - thanks ! )", "Ammendment to two part question Or, you may be looking at an unopened flower bud. I am writing from Kingston Jamaica West Indies,we don't have to contend with snow and frost. Jaci. ", "Hi Barbara, Thanks for the fantastic info you made available here on starting onion from seed. It seems to me that the plants may well fall over, especially in the first transplant stage. 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