There are so many uses for Red Onions. You can make an excellent Red Onion soup. Slice up a dozen or so onions, let them roast in the oven for about an hour, strain off the juice and use that to make a tasty soup. Or you can use it to make a delicious red cabbage soup.
When the tops of the red onions turn flaky over, they're ready to be harvested. Remove them from the ground, brush them off with a toothbrush, and let them dry in the sunshine for a few weeks. If the weather gets rainy, take them indoors to dry in a closed, well-ventilated area. They'll be healthier this way. Hang them out to dry if the air conditioning is too warm or dry out your kitchen on a sunny day. Store them in sealed containers if you like.
You'll need to have good soil for sowing your Red Onions. Buy quality compost and add it to the soil. It'll keep your onions healthy and increase their yield. You'll also want to have good drainage so the soil doesn't dry out.
Prepare the Sowing/Seedling Tray Before you do anything else, get a good idea of where you plan on sowing your seeds. Measure the number of onion seeds you're planning to use into your seedling tray. This number will become important later. Also make sure you're planting in the right areas by judging where the sunlight is throughout the day.
Once you've determined what onions you're going to grow, place the container on top of the compost. Secure the lid so nothing gets stuck and then set your seeds on top of your compost. Fill the dry place with cool, fresh air.
Make sure your sowing time and weather conditions fit your needs. Your seeds should be ready to germinate in about 2 weeks. If they are not, check the moisture level in your seedling tray and repeat.
When to Plant And Sow The proper time to plant Red Onion seeds depends largely on the type you choose. All types of Red Onions can be planted spring through late summer. Mid-season onions like the Boston, Brandywine or Canadian breeds can be sown in late winter through early spring. Late season red onions include the Maine, Yukon, Wabash, White, Louisiana, Creole and York varieties. All of these except the Maine and Yukon are native to the coldest regions of North America.
Consider planting seasons for the types of onions you are growing to maximize your yields. For instance, planting earlier in the season will give you more seeds to plant. In the fall, the chilly weather slows down seed germination. It is best to plant them in the spring, but if you are growing them in the winter months, you can also plant them in the fall. As always, be sure to follow the directions for any sowing procedures you follow when planting.
Growing Red Onions from seed requires a bit of care. They do not love extreme temperatures, so you may have to thin out the bulbs that you plant. When the weather starts to get warmer, move the bulbs indoors and let them sit until the temperature begins to warm up outside. You can also move the outdoor bulbs around to ensure the proper spacing.
If you plan on using them indoors, it is important to keep the Red Onions protected. Most bulbs are fragile and will be damaged by extreme temperatures. It is a good idea to use plastic netting to cover the bulbs when not in use. If the weather gets too hot, leave the bulbs outdoors but don't allow them to burn. Turn the lights off before you go to bed to help preserve the freshness of the bulbs. These tips will ensure that your Red Onion seeds germinate and grow to produce delicious and colorful flowers.
It is best to plant the Red Onions from clipping seed rather than cutting off the top of the bulb. The clipping will produce healthier and stronger seeds. When you are planning on harvesting the bulbs, you can easily remove them without damaging the roots. When you have successfully planted the bulbs, you will want to be sure that you water them well. Keep the soil moist but not wet, this will help with the germination process.
You can place the Red Onion seeds into an ordinary glass jar and cover tightly with a piece of cheesecloth. When the seeds are about half way through the cheesecloth, add water and mix the mixture together. The onion seeds should have plenty of air circulation within their environment. Within a few days, you should be able to see and smell the onion seeds. Once they sprout, you can place them into a pot or container. It is possible for you to grow these colorful veggies using the instructions in this article.