trimming onion seedlingsCheers! Was i not suppose to water them after eoing the hairncut? â¦ I think the water filled the stems and rotted them and the onion...???? 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. It seems to me that the plants may well fall over, especially in the first transplant stage. 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. I hope so. See how they go? Oh, thank you for this great explanation! 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 ! ", "Hello i live in Central Texas and work in a green house. 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. Provide bottom heat. 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! Are you growing them in potato sacks filled with soil, while your friend has them in the ground? You can't escape you climate but raised beds warm up quicker in the spring and drain better than regular garden beds. We are getting our first sunny day in a little while so will se what I can do. 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. Should they be transplanted outdoors now or left to get a little bigger in the greenhouse? This is a fantastic site, so much info!! I wish to start my onion seeds off shortly. ", "Thank you for providing such useful tips...", "I'd like to plant garlic for next year. Bulb onions, unfortunately, grow very slowly for the first couple of months, and are thus very easily overtaken by weeds. I sowed the seed on 1st January 2019, (you CAN find something useful to do on New Years day) and followed Barbara's method to letter eventually potting them on into plastic cups on 8th March. Try letting them grow longer in their seedling containers, even if they are crowded. There are some things I didn't do, like provide heat and artificial light. Add your own thoughts on the subject of this article: Having said that I'm still snookered as I only have my allotment greenhouse to sow in (Birmingham, UK). Onion sets are miniature or immature onions, which can be planted out in March or April for a quick-growing crop. 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. Plant each one about 1/2 inch deep in a small hole. The second frequently-recommended control is to delay planting until May, after the spring leaf miner season has ended. I may count a loss on this but some few seedlings have remained. This time of year you can start scallions from seed, and visit local markets in search of "tropical shallots" -- bunching onions that are adapted to hot climates and grow as perennials. 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. 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. Again, thank you! I hope this helps with your projects! They may or may not produce a good crop, though, so plan to repeat your success with purchased sets again next spring. Should I plant them out in the garden now? Then how deep do I need to transplant the seedlings? 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. 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). Thanks so much. I live in central Maine and I planted onion sets in the spring. And I planted Spanish yellow onion seeds. You can also get beneficial nematodes that will eat the larvae of the onion maggot. If not, is it too late to start the seeds indoors this year? 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. ", "Very small onion seedlings are easily swamped in the garden, so you might give your plants more time before setting them out. Good luck! when they are very young I keep the soil moist. Harvesting 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 â¦ Would staggering seed planting (ie. The wealth of information given by you has made me determined to grow onions from seed next year. ", "I'm a novice gardneer, have just caught the passion of growing your own food recently. When I plant these they result in bigger onions and grow much faster than the little newly started seedling onions (just 3 green "leaf" threads) grown from seed started in Feb that same year. Onion flowers are edible, but in general they are removed in hopes of sending more energy to the bulb. First let me tell you a little about what kinds of onions we are growing at Rolling Hills Farm. 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 harvested about a month ago. Good luck! Keep the container in a warm place. Any information on when to plant and/or good types to plant in my area? When would you recommend setting the transplants into the coldframe? 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? Three days later all the weeds were destroyed. How can I store these for next year? The e-mail does not appear to be correct. ", "This guide was very helpful, as a thank you I am writing an effigy for when the need arises. Rinse them off and use them like chives. Good luck! ", "Thanks Barbara for answering. 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. If they appear to be established in your area, you could cover your bed with a rowcover tunnel until the plants start growing vigorously. Onions need about 1 inch of water per week, so if the weather is dry, youâll need to water. The ratio doesn't need to be exact just make a soupy smoothy out of it and then let it sit for a day. Do you recommend trimming them down to 2 in. You need Steinernema feltiae nematodes for onion maggots. ", "I've tried for a couple years to grow Japanese long onions where the white is about 30cm. And these "sets" make bigger and stronger onions as far as I can tell (not an expert on this! 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. Does it seem like they have stopped growing? Common onion info tells us that it is often easier growing big onions from plants than from seed. Also, I can't imagine what your lights look like....do I need to buy these or can I rig something up myself. When a lot of people plant onions, they donât start their own seeds. ", "hi my onion seedlings have two leaves at the moment, you mention repotting when they have 3 leaves into 4inch tubes. (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? Or the growth of bulb will be stop ?? ", "Hi Barbara, Thank you very much for this information, I will look for those varieties. Do I continue to trim the tops or should I let them go wild? Commercial growers use systemic pesticides (another reason to grow your own or buy organic. ", "Hello Barara, I grew onions from seed for the first time last year....WHAT A BUZZ!! 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. I started my chives the same time as my onions. Prior to planting the seedlings, they need some preparation too. Continue to plant sets because they do well for you, but your variety choices with sets are much more limited compared to seeds. In this first of two articles on growing large onions for show, he reveals the secrets of starting large exhibition onions to â¦ In your area, you can plant in late September, using mostly hardneck varieties from Northern Europe. i was growing weary of having to trim them back every other day. We are trying to grow our own sets for the fall season. I wanted to know what is the right altitude to grow and how to rease onion nursery? I am an Englishman living in Ukraine. ", "No, the funny thing is, he potted them out in the same good quality compost I did but in less shallow pots. This is really important in disrupting the pest cycle. I shield them from wind by using my cold frame or a plastic-covered tunnel for my onion day care center. I have trimmed them back to 3 inches because they started to tip. Thanks for your help a very good guide ", "Hi Pleasant Most of them are growing (about 200 seedlings) and will soon need transplanting. Jamaica is a tropical country with temperatures ranging 90-100 degrees ALL YEAR LONG!!. We LOVE onions here, and so far we have had some spectacular successes with them, and some dismal failures, and it all seems like by chance, so this clear instruction is much appreciated. Onions sets give you a jump start but for just a little more work you can grow onions from seed and greatly broaden the variety which you are able to grow. 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. As it is, onions have very little leaf area for photosynthesis, so you want them to hold as much green as possible. Onion maggots are hard to get rid of. If you canât plant your onions right away, remove their bindings and place them in a bucket with 2 inches of moist soil in the bottom. They will scratch the larvae up exposing it to the birds as well as eating some themselves. Good luck! ", "Hi all, just re-read this article as the season starts again in the UK. I would guess that the onions propagated. ", "Thank you for all your help this past year Barbara. I like to water them well every other day, and let them dry out a bit in between. All of my onions have started sprouting and I gave them their first trimming today (thanks to your article). With chives, it's easier and much, much faster to start with a purchased clump. Do you remove them completely from the soil or do you keep as much soil as possible around each seedling? Thanks again for the great information. My onions have germinated and seem to be doing well. Am I flogging a dead horse until I can get the seedlings under artificial light? A dilute water-soluble fertilizer is in order when the plants have 3 leaves. Leaf miners in general are difficult to treat with pesticides because they feed inside leaves. When planted they become onions much faster than the little threads for sale in Spring (grown from seed started in Feb). Would a chick heat lamp work maybe? How do I collect seed for the following year? After transplanting over 500 seedlings this past weeked into paper cups from flats, i am looking to bypass the transplanting step next year for sure. My husband is the one who sowed them so I don't know how deep he went, from what I have read they only need to be surface sown. All you need to do is cut them back to about 1 1/2 in tall. 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. Soon after the seedlings start getting natural light you should see new upright leaves. Jaci. Trimming Leggy Onions and Leeks. ", "Here in Ohio we start them in late December and start hardening them off in early March in a cold frame. The most recent one is "Ew! Wow i thought onions were a 2 year grow, like the way sets are a year old. Hey Mark, I try to plant my onions where they will receive some protection from the wind. This is the first time I've started leeks from seed. I have also interplanted pansies with lettuce, which was very pretty. When you transplant them to the garden, the seedlings will pull apart easily. In fact, they order â¦ Just bought seeds for the first time 2 days ago to sow them this morning. ", "Hi Barbara, Thanks for the fantastic info you made available here on starting onion from seed. (If you have difficulty using this form, please use our Contact Form to send us your comment, along with the title of this article. ", "I live in Nashville, TN. Before trimming. Once my onion seedlings are in the ground, the war with weeds gets into full swing. The best light of all is found outdoors on sunny days, so my adolescent onions get moved outdoors whenever we get warm sun. Label the container with the name of the onion variety. I'm new to onions and a bit lost! These are not the same as supermarket garlic! ", "Greetings, If they are smaller, they will need to be cut shorter so that the stem is stiff. The trimmings can be added to soups, salads, or used as a pizza topping. Making the little green loop and some have even pulled away with the husk still attached. I take that onion bulb it spoil inside the soil. Some of the smaller ones are still stuck in the "hoop phase" and I will snip them loose with scissors in next few days. Chives multiply primarily by division, secondarily by seeds. ", "Hi there just reading your great advice Im in south west Ireland and am making my very first attempt at growin onions from seeds mine will go into raised beds!I didnt realise you could start from seeds as Ive always seen sets!hope I can ,manage,your advice is great! 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. ", "Helen, with overwintering onions you will need to provide a row cover tunnel if you are north of Zone 7. They're doing well, but only a few are starting to show their third leaf. For planting onion seed, I like to use seed tray inserts that are approximately 4" x 6" or 5"x5". I have Walla Walla onion plants, Cabernet F1 Onions, Cortland Onions and New York Early Onions. 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. I have them under lights 18 hours, but see that you recommend 12 so will cut back. 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. Wait until they are almost the thickness of a pencil to set them out. My onion seedlings stay in pots for up to 10 weeks, so I like to use a soil medium that's unlikely to host diseases. ", "Hi you are saying about using lights to give heat as well as light. What is the best way to store your fully grown onions? Each year I find myself interplanting more arugula, lettuce and other leafy greens among my little onions grown from seed. Once they got their 3rd or 4th leaf I moved to the cold frame and they are doing great. i have a 80cm trough planter, how far apart do my onions need to be? Here lies Barbara, she knows her onions. I keep the lights on my onions for 12 hours a day, and position them within 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the bulbs. Do garlic bulbs and elephant garlic need to have their bulbs on the surface- again mine are planted deeply. Do I provide grow lighting to them on planting or when they germinate? In a 4-inch diameter half-gallon milk carton bottom I would plant 4 seedlings, but only two in a 3-inch pot. Onion seeds can be kept for two years in a cool, dry place such as a properly monitored seed storage box, but fresh first-year onion seeds germinate best. I have my Walla Wallas in the ground for next year which are doing well and should be a good crop. In Zone 5 a layer of plastic is added, over the row cover, for the months of Dec-Jan. ", "Hi Barbara, Growing onions is simple: If you can poke a hole into the ground, you can grow an onion from a little plant. A few weeks later, the leek seedlings should be about 15-20cm tall and looking rather grass-like. I have decided to venture in vegetable growing and started with onion. ", "Emma, I think that should work, and you will have a lovely color display, too. They started off great as seedlings, I planted them out in big potato sacks but they have done nothing (a bit like my teenage son). ", "Love this. When I come to transplant after the third leaf, and ultimately into the ground, does this philosophy still apply? Thanks,", "I think you may have little bulbils, which can be replanted but are probably dormant right now. 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. Please Help...", "Alecia, chives are enthusiastic growers once they are established, but that often takes a year. I notice you have followers from around the world. Draw 4 furrows about a 1/2" deep the length of the tray. I've read some sources that say continue to trim the tops until winter comes to promote root growth and then let them go gangbusters in the spring. 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. At that point, think about transplanting them to the garden. Jaci. Theyve gotten worse everyday and its now ruined over half my onions and ive had to pull them. ", "Onions accept artificial light, but what they really want is sun. You sow the seeds thickly in late spring and let the plants grow under stress and at tight spacing until they die down in the fall. )", "Ammendment to two part question Did that make sense? ", "I plant the onion, growing very well, but few weeks later the greens are broken and not growing further. I am wanting to do the same but with pansies (my onion patch has to be in the front yard) ", "Hello! ", "Vicci, you can stay at 18 hours and it will be okay for now. 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! ", "I occasionally have a bulb onion plant fail due to onion maggots, which are the larvae of a small fly. Growing Onions for Show â Starting Large Onions from Seed. Is this true? 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. ", "This year I sowed a few seeds in deep cells. Or do i plant them outside this year? With either type you would start seeds in September or October for harvest in late spring. 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. Good luck! I am a rookie. Is this how "they" produce "onion sets" - very small onions that I find for sale i Spring. This is my first attempt at onions from seed and I intend to grow a record breaker! After the seedlings are 4 inches tall, plant them outside at least 3 inches apart and give them enough water to keep the soil damp. I am driven to do it, which explains the evolution of these ten guidelines for growing onions from seed. Thanks again! Sometime it can be difficult to try and explain thing through type. They are abut 3.5 weeks old now and all have 2 leaves. ", "Julie, cut them back only to 3-4 inches. If you enjoyed this post then consider signing up for our monthly-ish (I'm a busy mama of 7 kiddos!) I will be setting them out in the garden in the next few weeks I'm just waiting for the garden soil to dry out some first. Harden Off the Onion Seedlings: Seedlings are generally less likely to bolt, but it sounds like you are setting yours out when they are very small. My worst problems have been with perennial onions. This happens about when the third true leaf appears. They are bright! If the Bedfordshires bulb this year i'll have about 200+ onions ! Keep your two tiny sprouts, but also ask around about local nurseries that sell herbs. Just learned that to get good size bulbs I have to start onions from seed so thanks for your info. Thanks for the informative article! When you trim the tops you just grasp the leaves and cut them with a sharp scissor about four inches from the point where the onion enters the soil. ", "What about chives? Be patient for a while yet, and they will thicken up in a few weeks. It will be good and composted by then. If I do not lift and move my multipliers in the fall, they become magnets for onion root maggots. Many thanks Trimming today ( thanks to your article ) thanks so much freedom varieties. ; each plant will start growing within days after you plant and stronger plants need less frequent compared... 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