Red onions are a very mild and crisp, small a good all purpose variety for eating raw or cooked. They are also a late to ripe red onion, with a good to medium storage life. Red onion grows up to about 130 days after planting. Because red onions generally take between two months to maturity from seed, gardeners who have a shorter growing season can purchase their bulbs in late winter or early spring and plant them indoors in a dark glass container. Planting depth is just a couple of inches deeper than the root system. The flowers will be tiny and yellow, not up to the red onion's beauty.
Because red onions are sensitive to cold and wetness, frost date plants should be planted as soon as possible in an area where they can receive at least four hours of direct sunshine. Frost date trees are a good choice for full sun gardens, as long as these trees are not exposed to freezing temperatures during the first three months. Frost date trees are native to the deciduous forests of North America and are now becoming popular for cultivation in indoor greenhouses. Frost date trees are slow growing and often need to be seeded every two years.
The main problems with red onions are that they lose their leaves in the winter and must be replanted each year. Also, because they do not have a long storage life, red onions require a careful handling and harvesting. When harvested, the leaves should be discarded immediately, because the longer they are left on the plant the less of a heady flavor they have. Harvest red onions carefully by scooping out the middle of the flower heads, which are rich with nerve endings and contain plentiful nerve cell membranes. Place the stems in a salad spinner for quick removal from the table.
Long-term cultivation of this hearty crop is also slow, because the plants need three to four months of well drained, sun-filled summer sun to harvest fully. However, for a variety of reasons, red Creole onions will tolerate dry conditions much longer than their green cousins. On a related note, the plant has a wide range of leaf types, which includes both long and short day varieties. Long day red creoles can be successfully cultivated both in the shade and in the sun.
Planting onions in raised beds allows an ample amount of air to circulate around the plants roots as well as over the entire plant. This promotes root development and helps the plant to become a better bearer of water and nutrients. This is important because the plant's development is largely dependent on obtaining these materials for growth. A key to successful planting is the timing of the seeding as well as the depth of planting. When planting a variety of short and long day bulbs, it is best to avoid summer season and instead attempt to plant them at soil temperatures just a bit below freezing. This will result in healthier plants and an overall increase in productivity during the hotter months.
One important factor when considering sowing bulbs is that you must take into account the type of bulb seed that you will be planting. Typically, there are three types of bulbs: the brassicas, the corn and the scallop. The brassica bulbs have larger bases and are considered by many to be more adaptable to various climates. The corn and scallop bulbs are considered the most successful and most common of the three, but they do require slightly cooler soil and higher acidity than the brassica. The planting depth for each type of plant is quite different, but the general rule of thumb is that the deeper the bulbs you plant, the more root mass you will have and the healthier the plant will be.
Once the proper planting depth and climate conditions have been met, the time of year that you plant can greatly impact your gardeners experience. Some gardeners prefer to harvest late in the year, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Harvesting earlier can help reduce the number of weeds that will strive to take up the nutrients that the bulbs are offering. For those gardeners who enjoy cultivating their own herbs, red onion sets can prove to be beneficial to your gardening experience. The seeds that you harvest from these bulbs will provide you with much need flavor and nutrients, making it very easy for you to enjoy your meals.
If you're looking for a versatile vegetable that has a mild flavor, the Numex Casper is likely your best option. You will enjoy the great taste in addition to the fact that it is very easy to grow. You can easily grow it in either a traditional garden bed or on raised beds. It can also be planted in pots if you're not sure if it will handle being outside and have the proper care for it.