Tips for a Great Onion Crop

National Garden Bureau member Dixondale Farms, in Texas, offers some sound advice on growing the best onions you’ve ever tasted.

| March 11, 2011

  • Experts offer 10 tips to growing great onions.
    Experts offer 10 tips to growing great onions.
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  • Experts offer 10 tips to growing great onions.

National Garden Bureau member Dixondale Farms recently featured some terrific onion growing tips in their newsletter. The NGB thought the tips were so good, the organization asked to share, and here they are. So, if you are growing onions, here are some tips for getting the best crop possible, straight from the onion-growing experts:

1. Plant the right variety of onions at the right time of year for your area, and buy only from reputable producers that send true varieties. Choose from Short-Day, Intermediate-Day or Long-Day varieties.

2. When your plants arrive, remove them from the box and place them in a well-ventilated, cool area until you can plant them. Keep the plants dry until then, and do not put them in soil or water.

3. Choose a location with full sun and good drainage for planting your onions.



4. Prepare your onion beds early, so a few crops of weeds can be flushed and tilled under prior to planting. Later, if needed, apply a post-emergent herbicide or control weeds by hand.

5. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer before planting, and with a good source of nitrogen every three weeks until the onions start to bulb.






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