Have you tried planting many an onion seed with little success? Maybe you gave up and started buying onion bulbs? You’d still like to know the best methods for using seeds. After all, they’re certainly more economical. It’s very possible to successfully grow onions from seed. What do you have to know to grow onions from seed? Not a lot. Still, sometimes small things make a big difference.
Where do you sow your onion seed?
Got 4 seasons in your zone? If so, and you’re starting onion seed outdoors, you’re doing it wrong. Oh, you can start them there if you like. Just don’t expect them to be ready very soon. That’s just not how it works. Onion seeds are best started indoors or in a heated greenhouse months before spring planting time arrives. Sowing them outside gives them almost no time to mature before the growing season ends.
When do you sow your onion seed?
An onion seed takes weeks to turn into an onion seedling. It takes even longer to become a full fledged bulb. Start onion seeds indoors about 4 months prior to planting time. You could even start them n the fall. Why? Doing so allows onion seed to become a full fledged bulb before spring planting. That gives it a better chance to become a real onion in time for your first spring salad.
What do you sow your onion seed in?
What type of soil should you use? The answer is simple. You shouldn’t use soil at all. You should use a seed starting medium. It’s nice and loose. It’s specially designed for supporting tender seedlings. It allows onion seedlings and bulbs to breathe. It drains well so bulbs don’t become mushy and useless for planting.
Is it easier to plant seedlings or bulbs?
Seedlings can be successfully planted outdoors. It’s just that bulbs have a higher success rate. That’s why it’s well worth waiting for full grown bulbs to develop before planting outdoors. This is especially true if you have limited gardening experience.
Nobody really plants onions from seed.
Or do they? You see, the seed becomes the seedling, becomes the bulb, becomes the onion. You can’t have one without the other. So even if you plant seedlings or bulbs, they still came from a seed. Someone grew them from seed (to sell them to you at a profit). That brings us to the real question. Why are you paying someone else to do something you can easily do yourself? It’s not hard to grow onion from seed. You just need a little know how.
Portions of this article were originally published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.