No matter where you are. If you are in Asia, Europe, or Africa, onion is very popular. They are added to almost every dish that you can imagine. They are very tasty, and they add a lot of flavor to everything that they are added to. They are very easy to grow, and you don’t need to be an expert to grow onions, and they take up very little space. They also grow rather quickly, so that is also a great advantage to you. So growing onions are easy, and they grow fast, what more do you need to grow them?
Choose a type of onion
Before you begin anything, you need to choose a type of onion first. There are three kinds of onions. You have to choose the type that you want to grow. Each has their advantages and disadvantages so choose wisely. This is not shocking because most foods or vegetables have a different of their kind. These various types of onions have their appeals. They can also be categorized into two types, short day type, and the long day type. They are quite giving away their attributes in their names. The short day type grows best when the days are short, meaning in summer or places where there is a lot of warmth. The long day type grows best when the days are long, or when it’s winter. They grow better in these regions or climate. Also, they can be categorized by their colors. There are mainly three types of onions when you divide them by their colors. Yellow, red and white. The yellow onions have slightly sweeter taste than the other two types, and white onions have a very sharp taste, and red onions are mainly eaten as they are. That means that they are eaten raw instead of cooking them. The long day onions are found in the northern parts of the United States. The short day onions are found in the southern parts of the United States.
Which way you want to grow your onions?
You can either grow them from their seeds, or you can grow them from the bulbs. The gardeners who are experienced prefer to use the onions bulbs to grow the plants. They are more flexible, and they can stand the force that the weather throws at them. But the seeds are not the same. They can be damaged quite easily. But if you are willing to do the hard work then you can grow them from your seeds. These plants will need to be grown indoors at first, and then they can be transferred outdoors if you want to grow them from their seeds. You can also grow your plants from transplants, but that is not always very successful. It is also quite hard to grow by using cutting than using bulbs or seeds. So why do the hard work? But if you are still confused, you can visit your local nursery and they can help you with this. They will know the conditions and can give you better suggestions on how to grow the onions plants, but I suggest that you use the onion bulbs to grow these plants.
When to start growing these plants?
They can be quite tricky to grow when you compare them with some other plants. Because they will be needed to be planted the time that they were supposed to be planted. If you mess up in this part, then it might get difficult for you in the latter stages. They should be planted in March or April because this is when the temperature in the US stays in a warm stage. Anything below this temperature and the onions might die. If planted at the wrong time they will not produce bulbs correctly, or they might waste all their energy. And if you are planning on using the seeds then you should start planting the onion seeds indoors from six weeks earlier.
Choose a place where you can grow these onions
Now they are not as picky as some plants are when you are talking about the locations where you need them to be planted. But they need some conditions, and there are some things that every plant needs. You will need a lot of sunlight. So if you are doing this indoors make sure that you chose a room where there is a lot of sunlight. They will also need some space, because the more space that you will give to them, the bigger they will grow up to be. So choose a place where there will be plenty of space for these onions to grow. Also keep in mind that onions are quite small in size. These plants don’t grow up to be very big. So don’t place them in the shade of larger trees because then they won’t get sunlight and they will have to fight with a much bigger plant for nutrition from the ground. Onions also grow better when they are placed in raised beds. So if you feel that you don’t have enough space in your garden, you can always make a raised bed and then put the onions there. Plant them in raised beds to get a better experience when planting them.
Prepare the soil for plating the onions
Now onions grow better if you already prepared a soil that had been ready for several months before you even started to plant them. You would get a better crop of onion if you did this. You should also check that the soil has the right pH for the plating of onions. The right pH should be from 6-7. So test the pH and alter it to suit your needs.