Growing Red Onions is not difficult, but it will take some time. They are one of the more forgiving bulbs, which makes for a great indoor plant. They can tolerate some frost but the colder the weather gets the shorter the growing period will be. Red Onions is hardy plants, which means they can handle less frost and hotter temperatures than most.
GrowHeirloom Red Onions - Plant Red Onion seeds per the instructions on the seed packets. Beautiful burgundy skins give this onion its name, Red Onion. A hardy perennial, Red Onion is a large, Firm, bushy, red onion which lives 5-6 years. They prefer a sunny location. They are ideal for interior spaces because they can tolerate some shade, but do not need much sunlight.
For sowing (potting) time begin in early spring with approximately four weeks on either side. Remove the hole from the baseboard or window before pulling the seedling tray out of the ground. Keep an eye on the little ones so they don't escape.
Once you have removed the seeds, remove any sprigs and fry the onions in a clean container. If time permits, let the onions dry in the sun. When the onions are dry place them in a plastic bag and add water to moisten them. The next day, remove them from the bag and allow to air dry.
To encourage germination of your Red Onions when sowing, lightly cover the seeds with dirt so they are not buried. You want your new plants to be able to 'take root' quickly, without too much competition for nutrients. This will also speed up germination. When you remove the seedling tray, you should carefully dig around the roots of the plant looking for lost roots.
You may choose to alternate light and dark shade varieties for sowing. You can also experiment with varying amounts of sunlight received. The most successful gardeners find that a well drained well rotted bed produces the finest ruby red onion seeds per square foot. When planning your next planting, think carefully about where you will place each stem.
Red onion plant seeds are easy to germinate, however care should be taken to avoid too much water. Sowing in the fall will give the best results. Wait until after the weather has warmed up to the time of day that is most appropriate for sowing. Avoid planting in areas that receive heavy frost, freezing temperatures or very cold temperatures during the cold months of the year.
In general, proper planning and good timing is everything when it comes to growing plants from seed. Be sure to use sharp tools to cut the onion seeds from the plant as they grow. Remove all dead leaves from the bottom of the plant. When the red onion seeds emerge from the bulb, they may appear in an orange color. Remove these seeds immediately and ensure that no disease or pests have begun to spread.
Once the bulbs have produced fruit, carefully remove the flowers. The flower buds themselves will dry out quickly. It is important not to over water the plants, as this can cause wilting and the plant becoming unstable. It is a good idea to place them in a plastic bag during the time of harvesting. They will remain moist while being harvested. Once the plant has dried out, store it in a cool, dry location.
For those who are growing more than one bulb at a time, a piece of white paper or cardboard can be used to divide up the bulbs into groups of three. Using a sharp pair of scissors, carefully cut the thin pieces out of each bulb. The stems should be carefully removed before removing any seeds from the bulbs. It is not advisable to prune these plants during the growing season. Once harvesting, it is important to allow the red onion seeds to dry thoroughly.
It is not hard to prune these plants as they have a thick root system. However, it is advised that care be taken to avoid cutting off too much of the root system as the more roots there are the harder it will be for the plant to grow back after harvest. After planting, you should follow the instructions on the seed packets to store them properly. These grow well indoors. They do not need much attention throughout the year. When choosing bulbs, make sure that they are high in antioxidant content as they will provide protection against environmental factors such as heat, light and air pollution.
This type of plant is quite popular and can be seen lining supermarket aisles. As well as their tasty taste, they are also renowned for their fresh smell and color. If grown organically, they can also be used to prevent soil erosion. The well drained conditions in which they grow make them ideal for organic vegetable gardens as well as landscaping.