Spring Onion Seeds - How to Grow and Enjoy Them
When it comes to great food, nothing beats fresh spring onion rings. They're the perfect way to spice up bland foods or to provide a delicious treat for your family on a cold winter's night. In fact, they have even become a popular choice for making foods in the low carb diet. Read on to learn more about this popular addition to your diet.
Simply put, spring onion seeds are also called Allium fistula. They're actually a member of the larger yellow onion family, Alliaceae. There are also spring onions going by many other names including green onions, scallions or sibeds.
There are several types of bulbs and each has their own set of properties that lend them to good growth in your garden. The most popular variety is the "wild boar", which has a sweet, mild flavor and tends to be a bit more bitter than the other bulbs grown for consumption. When you're planting your crop of "wild pigs" or other bulbs for eating or for planting, be sure to only plant these bulbs in rich soil full of organic matter.
Most seeds require approximately a week to germinate. Get them started by digging a hole a few inches deep and filling with either peat or wood chips. Cover the hole with a light layer of mulch and start carefully sowing the bulbs in. Be sure to plant them in layers so that they'll grow at a proper pace. Start the bulbs in the fall, go till them in the winter and keep monitoring them during the spring so they come up with good quality leaves.
If you're planning on sowing seeds outdoors, leave the hole in the ground that the seeds are going to be planted in empty. Put some loose soil in the hole and add a light layer of compost as well as some well-rotted garden compost or grass clippings. Make sure that it's well drained and that it doesn't get too hot or humid in the summer.
You can also use kitchen scraps such as vegetable peelings, egg shells, and coffee grinds to plant your bulbs and you'll be able to harvest spring onions with ease. Try using containers instead of large pots or tins because they allow for air circulation and moisture to circulate within. Plant the bulbs in their containers and just water them once a week. In the colder months you can move them to their larger pots and let them sit there for even longer.
It takes a little time to grow bulbs correctly but when you do, they'll produce large crops of very tasty onions. There are some things to remember when you're growing seeds for harvesting. One is that you have to pick them before they bloom. They won't bloom until late in the season. If you wait too long, they'll lose all of their oils which means that they won't taste at all.
If you want to plant seeds indoors for an extended period, then you can just use small containers. Get some good soil that's moist but not saturated yet and lightly cover the top of each container with dirt. In winter you can move them to their larger containers and make sure they're well rotted before you place them in the ground.
Make sure that you mulch the topsoil of the containers you're growing the seeds in. Mulching will help prevent weeds from growing up and stealing the nutrients from the plants. Mulching also helps keep soil temperatures mild so your plants won't be too cold or too hot. That means they'll be healthier too.
When it comes to bulbs for this season, there are a couple of varieties that are really worth planting. The most popular is the Allium cepa that will produce the most colorful and fragrant flowers. There's also the Allium schoenoprasum which is a bit smaller and has a nutty flavor. These two varieties can be planted in full sun but you might want to consider having them planted shaded a bit.
The best way to grow these bulbs is indoors in large groups of 6. Once you get them started, you can turn them over regularly to grow the seeds from the base to the top. They should produce blooms throughout the season until the end of May. Then you can enjoy the tasty spring variety of onion that you grew with your own garden seeds.