How To Grow Onions and Green Onions

Discussion in 'Root Crops' started by erie, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. erie

    erie Newbie

    Each year I plant onion sets and Green Onions without any luck. The onion sets never get big nor does the green onions very grow they die.

    What am I  doing Wong?

    Just how do you grow BIG ONIONS?

    Just how do you grow GREEN ONIONS?

    What do you use for fertilizer?

    What kind of fertilizer grows the biggest onions?

    It is very up setting every year, you set out onion sets and green onions and end up getting nothing.

    Can someone help me in growing these? 
  2. I just grow em in my garden, no fertizer, with plenty of mulch.
  3. Where do you live?
    Bulb onions are day-length sensitive, if you don't have an appropriate cultivar, they'll fail.
    It's best to grow bulb onions either from seeds or seedlings, starting very early, onion sets are not as hardy, don't usually grow as big and don't keep as well.

  4. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You may want to check with your local collage, mine will do a soil test to see just what I need to make sure it your plants have everything they need......Then they will tell you what if anything you need to grow what you want.....ShoneyBoy
  5. What kind of soil do you have? You also need to select onions that will grow in your area with the amount of light hours you get. If you grow from seeds, start them very early as they can take a while to get going. I grow mine in WELL LOOSENED soil that I have worked with a plow or disc & harrow. I cover my whole garden in a thick layer of hay to stop weeds. It also helps hold moisture. Here is a pic of part of my garden from the summer.

    You can see a few rows of onions on the left.

    Here are a few red onions that I pulled early because I needed them lol. I had too much sun when I took the pic but you can still see them...

    Any questions feel free to ask...
  6. erie

    erie Newbie

    I live in Northwest Ohio.

    My soil is clay.

    This past weekend I put about 4 inches compost on the garden and was going to work it in than we got rain today and I don't see it getting done now, looks as if it will be Spring before it will get worked in.

    I can get a soil test.

    That is what I want more than any thing onions like that.

    I do love green onions, but when I plant them they always die.

    I don't know how to get them to grow.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Erie, evening.... Plant the onions very, very early in the spring and water the heck out of them until they get big.... stop watering so they dry out and hang in the shade where there is a breeze......   Dave
  8. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    dang, thats some nice purple onions
  9. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Speaking of onions, I found one in the bin a couple of weeks ago that had sprouted, and I had some old garlic bulbs. I pulled the onion into 3 parts and planted it in a flower pot that sits next to my pots of peppers. I broke the garlic bulb into cloves and planted them in a pot where a tomato plant had been. Both the garlic and the onion sprouted and they seem to be growing fine.

    We buy sweet onions and I think that usually means Texas 1015s. I think it was about 1020 when I planted them. Shoots are nice and long and dark green. It's going to be interesting to see what happens. I won't get enough of either to supply the kitchen but I like to tinker with things.
  10. I started most of my onion planting like that.  Found ones sprouting left in the bin. Took them out side and planted them got tons of scallions and then eventually let them grow out and had some good small onions to mix into things.  I did get a pack of scallion seeds and grew them in a pot on the deck work pretty good too.
  11. Just finished building a greenhouse and one thing to try is green  onions during the winter. The greenhouse is built from 1 1/2" pvc pipe and fittings with Farm Tex hot house plastic.
  12. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Tell us more . . . Pics would be even better!

    How big is it? How did you tie it down so the wind doesn't take off?
  13. Thanks Hoity Toit!
    Are onions the only thing you have trouble growing??
  14. Pictures........You want pics........Wa La;

    Size is 6' x 9'

    Built an a concrete pad of 16" x 16' pavers and fastened down

    with plumbers tape and concrete screws

    2 vents that open and close automatically

    Green onions, 10 days old, from sets

    Drip and mister system, lime and Kiffer lime

    90% of fittings from Home Depot and 10% from address to follow

    My hard working girls

    The girl's house

    Parts and plans from:


    Hope you enjoyed a partial tour of my mini-farm     Paul
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012
  15. Nice setup! [​IMG]   Do you have your vents tied into thermometers?
  16. No the vents are self powdered.                             None of the joints are glued. Just tapped tight and held in place with the plastic covering.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012
  17. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the pics!

    Your girls are quite pretty!
  18. So are the onions the only thing you have trouble growing Erie?
  19. whistech

    whistech Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Erie, google Dixondale Farms.   Everything you could possibly want to know about onions is located here.     
  20. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I found Dixondale and ordered 4 Northern varieties... didn't know there was such a thing.....   275 ish onions planted last Friday....  

    They have a lot of good information...     Dave


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