Caring For Your Non-Strenuous And Non-Ventless onions Through Winter Sowing
Why planting onion seeds is much better than planting seedless sets All onion sets are immature, short bulbs which have been grown from seed that has been planted in the late summer of the year. When you prune an onion plant, it is best to wait until the plant flowers before you dig up the old flower bulbs. Otherwise, you will only be removing the leaves on top of the plant which will not produce new blooms when you replant the plant in the spring. Therefore, the partially grown bulbs are quickly pulled out of the ground in the fall and either stored in a cool, dark place or taken to a nursery where they are promptly planted in thick flower pots which have been filled with gravel or bone meal to hold them in place during the growing season.
The most popular variety of bulb grown for onion seeds is the Red Sister. These bulbs produce large, bushy bulbs covered with deep green foliage. They are used in many recipes including: French onion soup, vegetable dishes, salad dressings and soups. Other varieties of bulbs include White Sisters, Green Sisters, White Coupled, Long Sisters, Round Broom and Green Broom.
Onion seedlings can be started from cuttings, and even from roots of the desired variety of bulbs. Cuttings should be kept in an area of full sunlight, filtered, and moist. Keep the cuttings dry until you are ready to transplant them into the garden. Once you have transplanted the cuttings into the garden, they should be covered loosely with plastic to protect the roots from excessive heat and sun. In order to encourage development of seedheads, keep the plants in a warm, dark area of your garden.
All bulbs of this type, whether union or not, require a certain amount of water to remain healthy. Parsley, carrots, beets, cabbages, potatoes and corn will all do well as long as they receive at least one inch of water per week. When planning your next watering schedule, remember to water your bulbs thoroughly so that the moisture level in the soil is not depleted. If you are not going to provide any additional water, then your onion plants should thrive on natural rainfall.
For those growing bulbs indoors, it is important that you fertilize them in the early spring. Do not use commercial fertilizers, as the soil is often too acidic for these types of bulbs. Instead, fertilize them using a compost containing one percent nitrogen fertilizer. Fertilizing your indoor bulbs will help them grow stronger, increase their yield, and help them withstand adverse conditions.
Most people choose to grow onion seeds in potting soil. This is fine if you only plan to take them indoors during the colder months, but there are no rules stating that you have to use potting soil. As long as you keep your seedlings well watered throughout their growing season, they will do fine outdoors in spring. Just remember that watering them in winter is much easier than in the summer.
For bulbs that are grown outdoors, your best option for pest control is through chemical pesticides. There are many options on the market today, including weed killers and natural weed killers that work very effectively. The chemicals used on onion seeds via winter sowing will not harm your vegetable plants, but they will prevent them from growing properly in the winter. Remember to water your bulbs thoroughly throughout their growing season, and continue using the proper pest control methods once planting them back into your garden.
If you have chosen to grow onions in your garden, you will notice a marked difference in growth patterns when compared to other forms of bulbs. Lateral shoots are significantly thicker than their erect counterparts and have even slightly more leaves. The flavor and texture are quite different as well, with softer bulbs producing smaller bulbs and onion varieties having a more buttery flavor. However, the overall outcome is worth it considering the beautiful displays you'll create in your garden.