Onion seed of both white and yellow varieties, can be sown indoors in flats, early in the
spring. When the seedlings grow to 4 inches in height, they can then be carefully lifted from
the flats and transplanted to their permanent places. Soil should be cultivated carefully and
all uneven clods, stones and roughage removed to allow for easy transplanting. Soil should have
a liberal amount of lime to help in aeration. A fertilizer such as 5-10-5 plus well rotted
manure should help to produce a satisfactory onion crop.
As with other transplants, care should be taken so as not to damage the tender onion plant
Since an onion seedling does not have much of an enlargement at the base of the stem, it is
important to make sure most of the white stem end is planted along with the roots. Actual depth
will of course depend on the length of the roots. Some may need to be planted 1-1/2 inches,
others perhaps 2 or more inches deep. The onion transplants should stand at least 2-3 inches
Moderate temperatures and adequate moisture are required to produce a good crop. The most
important rule of onion culture is never to allow the soil in which onions are growing to dry
out completely. The steady growth of onions should not be checked in any way.
Green onions are pulled as needed and should not be allowed to go to seed. Dry onions are
harvested after the tops have ripened. It is important not to pull them before the outer skin
has dried, since immature onions bruise easily and do not keep well. The common practice is to
break or crush the stems if there are signs of flower heads. When the stems are dry, dig the
onion bulbs, which can be left on top of the ground to cure and dry for several days.
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