Great advice which I'll need as we are fighting high altitude, heavily alkaline soil, and huge day time/night time temperature differentials and very drying winds here. Any information would be appreciated! All the best to you and your efforts!! Common onion info tells us that it is often easier growing big onions from plants than from seed. ", "Many people direct-seed scallions (green onions) because they germinate fast and grow quickly. I have decided to venture in vegetable growing and started with onion. I have not found the same to be true for more mature onions. They seem to be doing the same thing. 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. 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. Trimming onions. First, they should be big enough. If there are two or more seedlings growing within about 1cm of each other, then one or more of them has to be plucked out. Leaf miners in general are difficult to treat with pesticides because they feed inside leaves. If you don't use raise beds this might be something to consider for the future. ", "Thank you, that gives me hope. to increase the root/bulb growth? I am starting onions from seeds for the first time this year and was so lost about what to do. The more light your seedlings get, the stronger they will grow. Seedlings are generally less likely to bolt, but it sounds like you are setting yours out when they are very small. That's it and you can eat all the trimmings. I have tried trimming my onions after planting them out and they start to gain size. do you live somewhere rainy and cool? You can purchase them at … ", "i have my onions covered with underheat ant present onions are starting to pop through .when should i take my cover off and put lights on", "Today! The wealth of information given by you has made me determined to grow onions from seed next year. ", "Hello! 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. Jaci. ", "Vicci, there are a couple of blogs on growing garlic here. At this point growing onions from seed requires bright supplemental light, which I provide with a two-bulb florescent fixture. Trimming Onion Starts for Stronger Plants. Even under the very best growing conditions I find that many varieties of onions and leeks produce leggy growth in the 2 months that they are indoors. To shorten this drama and encourage the seedling to get on with growing into an upright onion, I often "rescue the chick" by snipping the loop in half, pulling out the smaller end, and discarding it. This is the first time I've started leeks from seed. I started my chives the same time as my onions. I've started white onions and bunching onions from seed. During this time I also moved the 'strongest' plants to small plastic pots and have only recently (in the last week or so) done a 'test run' of putting several into the ground. It seems most of the advice on other sites is on growing sets only (helpful for when I get to that stage at least). ", "I would not start feeding the onions until they show their third leaf, which is also the best time to transplant them to deeper containers. ", "Love this. Three days later all the weeds were destroyed. We water everyday though with an above sprinkler. See if you can set up some supplemental light to keep your seedlings growing strong. Growing Onions for Show – Starting Large Onions from Seed. Are row covers helpful to onions through the winters here? Jaci. I cared for the traansplant and set rows exactly the same - Guess which gave me the biggest onions? I would say they have about 3 leaves each and are probably about 6-7" tall, but are still very thin (I'd say about the thickness of a feather quill). ", "Barbara, thank you for all the great advise. I use a chop stick to help place them. 1) When should I start spraying diluted liquid fertilizer and what N-P-K ratio should I use? I have found that trimming my onions starts/seedlings helps them to grow into bigger and stronger plants. ", "Hello i live in Central Texas and work in a green house. You might also use a light shade cover out in the greenhouse. ", "I've grown my onions (Red Brunswick and Spanish White) in deep root trainers so I didn't pot them on. About two weeks before planting, you can begin hardening off your onion starts by moving them outside each day. 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. Trimming onion seedlings -- easier than trimming hair. This will help the containers from becoming top heavy and furnish more nutrients to the roots instead of the foliage. My question is, is there any reason why I shouldn't start the seeds individually in root trainers and continue growing them on in there until planting out? ", " I had no idea, but intend to cultvate onion during this season in fields. This link gives more details:", "Thankyou Barbara. Separate the stems and trim off the flimsy, top part of the stems. I am having some pest issues (onion maggots) In my onion/ garlic garden. Hi there, thanks for the informative post ! Onions are complex beasts seemingly, so all this precise advice is very helpful. Some gardeners do loosen the soil around onions as they bulb, but it is really not necessary. They need to make quite a bit more green growth before they will grow big bulbs. I am an Englishman living in Ukraine. John Trim. The e-mail does not appear to be correct. ", "Emma, I think that should work, and you will have a lovely color display, too. Onion seedlings respond to transplanting by making strong upright growth, which I keep trimmed back to about 5 inches (12 cm) high. And how high do they have to be is there a box they go into. How can I do this again? We did not remember to trim them while they were growing under the lights, but decided to try a side-by-side comparison with some plants trimmed just after transplanting them in … Do you grow onions from seeds or do you use onions sets? If not, is it too late to start the seeds indoors this year? I live in central Maine and I planted onion sets in the spring. They were started almost a month ago and are 3-4 inches tall. They were started indoors and are now in a polytunnel. ", "Hi Barbara, All ... clip off the top of the foliage approximately 1 inch above the bulb and trim the roots. I'm in southeastern Wisconsin - zone 4 or 5. ", "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? Hey Mark, If not when should I sow? Much can go wrong, because onions are biennials that will bolt/bloom if the sets are too large, or if the newly planted sets are exposed to cold growing conditions. I would not hesitate to hold four to six in a 4-inch pot -- just be sure they get as much light as possible. I shield them from wind by using my cold frame or a plastic-covered tunnel for my onion day care center. They work great in the UK, and to Zone 5 in the US. I do use lots in Indian cooking but if i have too many i can just give them away to neighbours. I would guess that the onions propagated. In fact, when I trimmed all the stems on the onion it seemed to stunt them. 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. Oh, thank you for this great explanation! Try letting them grow longer in their seedling containers, even if they are crowded. ~Jaci. P.S. Provide bottom heat. ", "Thanks for bringing the allium leaf miner to my attention, Joyce. How much protection do scallions need here? You will need to look for seed garlic at local farmers markets or order by mail. ", "This year I sowed a few seeds in deep cells. ", "Thank you for all of the useful information. This is my first year doing onions. If you choose to grow onions from seed, you will be able to pick onions of a specific shape, color and size you are interested in. I have a couple of questions if you don't mind answering them for me. Also, I can't imagine what your lights look I need to buy these or can I rig something up myself. Good luck! The good thing about transplanting young onion seedlings is that you should only have to do it once. At that point, think about transplanting them to the garden. Or, as long as you keep them weeded, you can harden off the seedlings and set them out in the garden. 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? I snip it off and remove it to keep the containers tidy. Garden Projects Then how deep do I need to transplant the seedlings? Would a chick heat lamp work maybe? Trimming the onion seedlings, keeps them nice and tidy and allows for a healthier plant. i moved my onion seedlings out into the cold frame yesterday. The best light of all is found outdoors on sunny days, so my adolescent onions get moved outdoors whenever we get warm sun. Organic Gardening Thanks. Good luck! Onions are easy and cheap to grow, both from seed and from heat-treated sets. Your seedlings will not become sets, but will proceed straight to bulbing in midsummer. When I come to transplant after the third leaf, and ultimately into the ground, does this philosophy still apply? they are doing well about the size of a pencil now and coming into their 5th true leaf. Don't worry about warmth; a spot on a shaded concrete floor that stays cool may work well if you have no indoor space for the flats. ", "Hi Barbara. Are the stems fallen over? 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. Keep the onion seeds in the fridge or freezer until late winter, and start them then. There is also a spray you can make that is supposed to deter the female flies. Eventually the onion seedlings stay outdoors 24/7, provided temperatures are well above 46°F (8° C) at night. Also, how moist do they need to be and what about fertilizer at this stage? How do I collect seed for the following year? These are planted in August and mature in May. Trimming back the onion stems allows the seedlings to develop a strong root system. After the seedlings have four leaves they seem to need less frequent trimming compared to when they have two. To start onion seedlings indoors in February or March, fill a container nearly to the top with a seed starting mix and then make two furrows, about 1/2-inch deep, for the onion seeds. Now, the first leaf is browning at the tip and yellowing a bit down its body and looking like it's going to die. Thanks again for this great article!! Should I snip it off? Jamaica is a tropical country with temperatures ranging 90-100 degrees ALL YEAR LONG!!. This is when I like to thin them out and give them a trim. Unfortunately a number have succumb to onion maggots. 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. ", "Thank you for providing such useful tips...", "I'd like to plant garlic for next year. I would employ as many of these suggestion as possible. The little plants start growing vigorously first thing in spring. If you have any questions then don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you. Starting Red Onions from Seeds Start your seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before planting them outside. This happens about when the third true leaf appears. If they appear to be established in your area, you could cover your bed with a rowcover tunnel until the plants start growing vigorously. Good luck! I do have about 50 Stuttgarter sets growing now which should be ready to plant out in a couple of weeks, these'll be my 1st attempt at onions and the seedlings should hopefully give a good harvest next year if i do it right. If they are smaller, they will need to be cut shorter so that the stem is stiff. In the US, neem is allowed to control other leaf miner species on organically grown onions, but I can find no information suggesting it would work on this pest. ", "Hi dear, we grow onions in winter as well as in spring . Your planting dates look good to me. When they get to full, we just dig some of them up and cook with them. These little onions, or sets, are cured, stored and replanted in spring. ", "great info will now grow my own onions and garlic thank you I also wonder how "onion sets" are produced - those very small onions that I find for sale in Spring, they are dried and hard, have no or a few dried roots, and no shoots; they are just tiny seemingly "hardened-off" onions. Please Help...", "Alecia, chives are enthusiastic growers once they are established, but that often takes a year. ", "Awesome! It will be good and composted by then. ", "Hi Barbara, Thank you very much for this information, I will look for those varieties. Once seedlings have sufficient leaf growth, thin them down to around 3-4 inches (7.6 to 10 cm.) My onion plants don't seem to be doing much of anything. Do you remove them completely from the soil or do you keep as much soil as possible around each seedling? Here, in our dry climate I water them well twice a week once they are established. If you have any other questions just let me know. Thanks so much!! ", "Also I forgot to mention, I have 2 6500k fluorescents an inch or two above them about 15 hours a day. They are abut 3.5 weeks old now and all have 2 leaves. i also have 3 different size potatoe sacks if they will be better than the trough. (We won't display this on the website or use it for marketing), (Please enter the code above to help prevent spam on this article), Which Seeds to Start First? How can I store these for next year? I mean can the onion seed be planted out in the garden bed, in July or August and then left to grow, hibernate for winter, and then grow to maturity the next summer. Can you tell me where I can get these from I live in uk. Or, you may be looking at an unopened flower bud. ", "Onions accept artificial light, but what they really want is sun. ", "jonathan, the seedlings should go under lights as soon as they elbow their way to the surface. I didn't find this article until after my onions were started. Our last frost date is, I think, April 15. ", "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'? Continue to plant sets because they do well for you, but your variety choices with sets are much more limited compared to seeds. ", "Onions may deter grazing pests like deer and rabbits, which would be a good reason to grow them around the outside edge of the garden. Good luck! Recently i applied oxyfen to kill the weeds in the onion seedlings. Right now the leafs are long but I'm not going to trim them back until I set them out in the garden. LaSalle, ridgeline and ruby red. They are about 2 feet tall should i trim them as i did as seedling so they won't fall over and maybe grow a little bigger.? Sets and plants are generally the most popular methods of growing onions. I say this mainly because when I transplanted them, there was barely a bulb on the end- I wasn't sure if they needed to have a little bulb before planting out?- Thanks! I wanted to know what is the right altitude to grow and how to rease onion nursery? Soon after transplanting, my onions often shed the seedling leaf (sometimes called the flag leaf). I am driven to do it, which explains the evolution of these ten guidelines for growing onions from seed. ", "Julie, as long as you live in the north where long-day onions are grown, having planting run a little late won't hurt. ", "how many onions do you put in a tall 4" pot when transplanting? ", "Hello! 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. Ha! At six weeks, onion seedlings are still small. Is it ok to transplant the onions 6" apart in rows that are 9" apart and pop a pansy plant in the gap or do I need to increase the row gaps? These are not the same as supermarket garlic! ", "Thanks for all this information, Barbara! Your temps are okay, too. Your advice would be appreciated. First let me tell you a little about what kinds of onions we are growing at Rolling Hills Farm. They are about 5 inches tall. Why Seeds? Having read the information on here do I need to trim them to promote bulb growth? If I do not lift and move my multipliers in the fall, they become magnets for onion root maggots. It's All About The Animals Or in a plastic milk carton with the top cut off?? ", "You can keep onion seedlings in random containers for quite a while, even if they are crowded. Onion maggots are hard to get rid of. Typically first frost is in mid-November. Don't be intimidated, I'm about to share a little secret with you to help you get the strongest onions starts for an abundant harvest! 3) I'm in the process of building a cold frame to free up seedling table space and also harden off the onion seedlings. The second frequently-recommended control is to delay planting until May, after the spring leaf miner season has ended. Thank you so much Barbara! Or the growth of bulb will be stop ?? ", "I find that having the onions planted one-half inch deep, so that the base of the white shank is covered with soil, helps the plants stay upright better than shallow planting. 2) When should I transplant the seedlings from the flats into deeper containers - I plan on using paper cups. This is really important in disrupting the pest cycle. Pitch them and start over if your frost date is not until May, or work with purchased sets and seedlings this year...Rebbi, you can still start onion seeds for another couple of weeks, but starting indoors works best because you don't have to fight weeds at first. Your little seedlings no longer need warm, moist conditions, but they must have as much light as you can muster. Sorry for so many questions but i'm a novice at onions. On the positive side, these trimmings are great in scrambled eggs or scalloped potatoes. )", "Ammendment to two part question Sometime it can be difficult to try and explain thing through type. ", (If you have difficulty using this form, please use our. ", "Three to four weeks before the last spring frost is usually a good time to set out onion seedings. I've recently tried my hand at starting onion seeds (and other veggies) for the first time indoors. If you enjoyed this post then consider signing up for our monthly-ish (I'm a busy mama of 7 kiddos!) Trimmed the tops back a few times. They are bright! I look forward to sharing my gardening and homestead adventures to help you reach your gardening goals! In fact, they order … Onion seedlings are easy to pull apart for transplanting to the garden, especially if they have good vertical growing space. ", "I am intrested to grow onion in my place. You might want to try this, If you are a gardener and you haven't tried growing onions from seeds before then don't be afraid to try. 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. Good luck! Soon after germination occurs, my indoor-grown onion seedlings often do a poor job of pulling away from the seed. If the Bedfordshires bulb this year i'll have about 200+ onions ! Thank you ! To transplant your onions into the garden (about 1 month … 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. ", "When the onion seedlings are ready to transplant outside, what is the procedure for getting them from the pot to the garden? I'm hoping to do better this year. ", "Here in the deep south we take the root end of green onions and plant them around the perimeter of the garden. Can you rig up a protected space outdoors for them? Trim the tops with scissors to keep the onion seedlings around 3-inches high. I've also sown some more Figaro from last year's seed but germination has been very erratic so this emphasises Barbara's point about fresh seed. If you don't have the space or time then sign up for our, Free Pollinator Garden Planning Worksheets, Free Canning Party Invitations and Recipe Cards. Regards, Planted now, even rooted ones from the store may multiply before winter. ", "It sounds like there is something about the site or soil the onions find objectionable. After Trimming. I hope so. Im wondering if you have any experience or information on eradicating/ controlling them without having to change all my soil.i have tried a few things.. diatomaceous earth, neem oil with a drop of dish soap.. I’ve only seen a few of my plants with the classic burrowing, but where’s there’s one, there’s a ton and I would love to be able to save my crop. Thanks", "Nassib, that variety is widely promoted by Monsanto Africa. Might be a good idea to gradually cut back when you get ready to start exposing them to natural sun. Have you encountered this problem? As light intensity increases -- plus exposure to gentle wind -- you will see stiff new growth. Cheers! Thanks for the tip on trimming as they are falling over. For planting onion seed, I like to use seed tray inserts that are approximately 4" x 6" or 5"x5". ", "When a gardener's patience wears thin, a rescue replanting is in order. Here lies Barbara, she knows her onions. It is important that the green do not get bent over because this will stunt their growth. 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). Wait until they are almost the thickness of a pencil to set them out. Here in this part of the Atlanta area we are in zone 7B, not far from zone 8A. ), By clicking 'Add Comment' you agree to our Terms and Conditions, "Should I trim the tops of my leek starts too? Is this ok? ", "When bulbils form at the top, the plant has flowered while you were not looking. Using containers too large invites problems with root rot and damping off. The Nitty Gritty on How to Plant Onion Seed. I am wanting to do the same but with pansies (my onion patch has to be in the front yard) Theyve gotten worse everyday and its now ruined over half my onions and ive had to pull them. Did that make sense? Eventually the smaller end pulls out of the soil, weighted down by the black remains of the seed husk. I was thinking of trying to control them using a neem oil spray- has any body tried this? It's been a big help. They seem to grow like weeds. Is it OK to transplant as soon as the third leaf is up? Label the container with the name of the onion variety. i have a 80cm trough planter, how far apart do my onions need to be? In the article you mention growing arugula between the onions. ", "Wow! That being said, I planted on 3/5 and my first one popped up on 3/11, all were looking great. Plant each one about 1/2 inch deep in a small hole. Thanks again! That's it and you can eat all the trimmings. Just eating the last of them from store and the beauty of each one still amazes me (note to self: must get a life!). All you need to do is cut them back to about 1 1/2 in tall. I live in the Vancouver / Seattle area and have been putting off starting my seedlings until now. Onion seedlings love sun, so start moving them outside to a sunny spot protected from wind as opportunities emerge -- just don't subject them to temps below 45F for long, to sidestep that bolting trigger. Be ruthless. ", "I occasionally have a bulb onion plant fail due to onion maggots, which are the larvae of a small fly. Onions are one of my pet crops, and bulb onions are always the first vegetable I start indoors from seed. We are getting our first sunny day in a little while so will se what I can do. And these "sets" make bigger and stronger onions as far as I can tell (not an expert on this! See how they go? ", "When transplanting to deeper containers, can I plant more than one seedling in each container? Garden Pests ", "Thanks Barbara for answering. 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. 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. I guess I'm wondering what kind of spacing the seedlings require before being planted out. Growing onions from seed may be more challenging and complex, but it also gives you so much freedom and varieties of choice. Onions need about 1 inch of water per week, so if the weather is dry, you’ll need to water. In the garden, onion plants should be spaced 4 to 6 inches apart in the row, with rows 1 to 2 feet apart. (I am in the North of England). I kept the seedling trimmed at about 3.5" when they were in the nursery containers. I sowed white and red, and I must have about 3-400 seedlings! All of my onions have started sprouting and I gave them their first trimming today (thanks to your article). I may count a loss on this but some few seedlings have remained. I use a two-bulb florescent fixtures with new bulbs this year. Show grower John Trim has won the national championship with his onions. Do you recommend trimming them down to 2 in. I have given them plant food, etc. I intend to explore all the processes and make big production next year. Now I have onion sets. They go great in quiche. Many thanks High mowing suggests trimming onion seedlings when they reach 5" to make them grow thicker and stronger. Properly handled onion seedlings consistently mature into plump bulbs, with little risk of bolting (the biggest risk when growing bulb onions). When the plants perk up and show new growth, they won't need protection from wind and cold anymore. The onions are different, in that they will push up toward the surface as they swell, often ending up sitting almost on top of the soil. After planting, trim the tops to about 4 inches. And I planted Spanish yellow onion seeds. ", "Yes, treat leeks from seed just like onions when they are young. Last year I followed this procedure for banana shallots (variety Figaro) and had an amazing crop which we are still eating. I'm new to onions and a bit lost! Thanks! Many still have the seed hulls attached. Is there something else I should be doing? and I'm wondering since in mt greenhouse if its 90 degrees here and 15 degrees hotter in greenhouse is that going to be to hot? I have Walla Walla onion plants, Cabernet F1 Onions, Cortland Onions and New York Early Onions. The tops of my florescent plant lights are flat, and they give off just the right … When possible, you can grow them for 8 weeks or so, until they are almost the thickness of a pencil, and set them out then. I will cover the onions with enviromesh- but find it difficult to ensure that I leave no gaps for the tiny flies to get at my onions!I will try planting sets in May in the hope that I miss their invasion. Hello, I'm Jaci. I am a rookie. What do you suggest? 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. Onion flowers are edible, but in general they are removed in hopes of sending more energy to the bulb. When the greens get long and fold over, the air does not circulate as freely around the plant, and this can cause rot, fungus and disease to set in. ", "April, the answer is yes, but the how depends on where you are. ", "Vicci, you can stay at 18 hours and it will be okay for now. 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