Growing Onions: Should Onions Bloom?

| 6/4/2010 8:05:49 AM

A photo of Shannon SaiaI never make the same mistake twice. I make new ones.

Like so many things I’ve tried in the garden, my relationship with onions began on a whim. I was at the garden store last spring picking up some nasturtiums to plant with my tomatoes and peppers, and I happened to see one lone pot of Spanish onions just sitting there, and I thought, Onions! Why not?! So I took them home and planted them in the very beginning of May.

After that, I pretty much left them alone. I would check them out when I was outside making my rounds, and they always seemed to be doing fine. They were growing. They began to form quite large bulbs, and I felt pretty good about the whole project.

My mistake last year was in leaving them in the ground for too long. They had started to fall over, but the green tops hadn't died off, and in my limited understanding I thought that the green had to turn brown and fall over before I could pull them from the ground, and I sure wasn’t expecting them to be ready to harvest in July.

But apparently they were, and I didn’t even get the pleasure of being the first one to pull them out of the ground.

I was in the kitchen when I saw my husband from the window, walking up from the garden with his arms full of onions. I nearly had a fit.

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6/15/2012 1:53:04 AM

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6/14/2012 6:57:01 PM

I grow onions for the greens, which are excellent in eggs. By the time my greens run out and/or shrivel up, the flowers start opening up and I use them in my eggs as well.

5/20/2012 7:39:55 PM

A little botanical clarification, if I may. Allium IS the genus of all onions. yet, not all Alliums are onions. Leeks, chives, garlic, and others, although onion-like, are Allium species, but not onions.

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