Onions (Red) Growing Guide

Onions (Red)

Crop Rotation Group

Allium (Onion family) 

Soil

Fertile, well drained soil with compost dug in. In clay soil, grow in raised beds or rows.

Position

Sun or partial shade.

Frost tolerant

Yes.

Feeding

Not normally required, though overwintered sets can be given a liquid feed in spring.

Companions

Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrot, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Strawberry and Tomato.

Spacing

Single Plants: 15cm (5") each way (minimum)
Rows: 10cm (3") with 20cm (7") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Easiest to sow onion sets (tiny bulbs) which are planted direct into the soil from autumn/fall onwards. Can also be grown from seed in which case start in pots under cover in late winter before planting out mid-late spring.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Japanese variety onion sets can be used to give an early harvest. Onion sets are also the better choice for heavier or wetter soils.

Harvesting

Harvest as soon as they reach a reasonable size. If storing them, wait until the tops start to die down and dry for about 10 days.

Troubleshooting

Weed early and often to keep onions growing strong. Seedlings are less likely to bolt (produce flowers) compared to bulb onions grown from sets.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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