Posts Tagged ‘planting onions’

Onions Planted

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Candy Onions

Candy Onions

This small bed has 90 Candy hybrid onion starts that I planted today.  I took advantage of a morning rain that dampened the soil.  Planting in wet soil made the transplanting shock minimal.  This is the first time I’ve planted Candy.  They are supposed to be big and sweet.  I planted on 6 inch spacing to give them plenty of growing room.  After I got  them into the ground I gave them a good soak. They are looking happy, so far.

Copra and Red Wing Onions

Copra and Red Wing Onions

This large bed has 152 Copra yellow hybrid onions and 152 Red Wing hybrid red storage onions, planted on 5 inch spacing.  I’ve grown both these varieties numerous times with good success.

Growing onions from seed is not difficult and most years we have a good crop.

A Late Start For Onions

Monday, March 21st, 2016
Onion Flats

Onion Flats

I finally got my onion seeds into flats, yesterday. I had purposely held off planting because Judy and I were on the road for nearly two weeks. I didn’t want to enlist anyone to look after my newly sprouted seedlings. I normally target late January or early February to plant onion seeds, but I’m pretty sure my late March start will work out fine.

The flats from bottom to top contain: Copra yellow onion – 500 seeds; Red Wing red onion – 500 seeds; Candy – white onion – 250 seeds; Lancelot leek – 250 seeds.

I’ve grown Copra and Red Wing onions and Lancelot leeks before with good success. The Candy onion was recommended to me by Bruce Frazier, of Dixondale Farms, when I questioned him about the best northern variety for big and sweet white onions. The popular Vidalia types don’t do well in northern latitudes.

I planted my seeds into a mix of commercial growing medium blended with a little potting soil and compost, all screened through a ¼” screen.

The soil in the flats is sprayed with water to start the wetting and I’ll cover the tops with cardboard sheets to slow down evaporation. I’ve moved them all to the heat mat and grow light table in the basement.  If all goes well, I’ll have plenty of onions to set out when it warms up outside.

Here are two previous posts that cover my onion starting method in more detail, but I’ve opened up my seed spacing to 1/2″, not the one centimeter indicated in the older post.:

http://blog.cobrahead.com/2015/02/17/starting-onions-indoors/

http://blog.cobrahead.com/2009/02/11/onion-obsession/