• ArboristSite has decided that due to the abusive interactions users are having with each other in the political forum, we will no longer be providing a place to talk politics on this forum. Any political posts will be deleted once discovered or reported to us. We are sorry for this inconvenience.

ArboristSite.com Sponsors
www.harvesterbars.com


Is there a secret to growing onions

Plowmaster

Plowmaster

ArboristSite Member
Joined
Aug 5, 2015
Messages
51
Age
50
Location
Michigan
I'm wanting onions the size of your fist or bigger but mine planted from bulbs don't look like they're ever gonna make it.
I have never had much luck growing them... A friend of mine grows huge ones... Plants. Then when rooted removes dirt so they are essentially growing on top of ground... going to try it this year... He also claims that the sweeter you want them the more water you give them.
 
MacAttack

MacAttack

I love the smell of 2-stroke
Joined
Nov 15, 2019
Messages
868
Age
42
Location
Western NY
I've also never had luck growing onions, i just assumed the dirt here is not soft / sandy enough for them. I can get the plants to grow but they just didn't yield anything worth keeping.
 
J.W Younger

J.W Younger

ass kissing impaired
Joined
Jul 11, 2008
Messages
27,997
Location
a world of isolation
I've also never had luck growing onions, i just assumed the dirt here is not soft / sandy enough for them. I can get the plants to grow but they just didn't yield anything worth keeping.
I have a small but really good location for growing some veggies but not others, I'm finding out...now I need to find out why.
 
lone wolf

lone wolf

MS 200T King
Joined
Oct 5, 2009
Messages
57,691
Location
Prowling The Pine Barrens
I'm wanting onions the size of your fist or bigger but mine planted from bulbs don't look like they're ever gonna make it.
 
MacAttack

MacAttack

I love the smell of 2-stroke
Joined
Nov 15, 2019
Messages
868
Age
42
Location
Western NY
That article pretty much confirms what i suspected, i need some sandy / loamy soil to grow onions. I already had 18 yards of topsoil added to my garden this year, planning on adding more next year.
 
chucker

chucker

Addicted to ArboristSite
Joined
May 11, 2009
Messages
3,322
Age
63
Location
pillager, minnesota
onion growth is similar to tree ring growth. to achieve larger onion growth, you need to crop the green tops of the onion bulb as it grows! with each green top of the onion tall enough to start to bend and break with height and dies remove it(8") and another growth ring will restart again. fertilizer is a plus along with plenty of water but not flooded. i use vidalia whites, in a sandy loam composted "bovine"menure soil which has produced softball sized globe(10oz. average) planted/set from stored bulbs around 200 bulbs in my small garden...
 
Ryan'smilling

Ryan'smilling

Addicted to ArboristSite
Joined
Mar 1, 2013
Messages
3,080
Location
Western WI
We have heavy clay soil and grow very nice onions. Had a storage onion that weighed over 1.3# last year. They are the first thing we start from seed in the spring, probably the second week of February. We trim the tops 2-3 times before planting and also the roots at planting time. Onions are triggered to mature based on hours of daylight, so you need onions suited to your latitude. We plant them out as soon as we can work the soil. They also are very poor at competing with weeds, so you need to keep them weeded really well.
 
MacAttack

MacAttack

I love the smell of 2-stroke
Joined
Nov 15, 2019
Messages
868
Age
42
Location
Western NY
I need to step-up my onion game it looks like!
Interesting about trimming the tops to make them grow big.
Does anyone know what kind of onions grow well in NY?
 
Ryan'smilling

Ryan'smilling

Addicted to ArboristSite
Joined
Mar 1, 2013
Messages
3,080
Location
Western WI
Fwiw, we only trim them before planting, never after. We go for a start that's 5-6" long above the roots and an inch or a little more of roots.
 
J.W Younger

J.W Younger

ass kissing impaired
Joined
Jul 11, 2008
Messages
27,997
Location
a world of isolation
I planted a bunch of seed potatoes myself this year. We've had such a lousy spring we only got our garden planted a few weeks ago.
I tell ya, I eat a lot of taters and had for weeks been cutting eyes and putting them out in the mounds about once a week and had just about given up when they all started popping up about the same time.
Right now most of em have pink or purple flowers on em.
 
chucker

chucker

Addicted to ArboristSite
Joined
May 11, 2009
Messages
3,322
Age
63
Location
pillager, minnesota
I tell ya, I eat a lot of taters and had for weeks been cutting eyes and putting them out in the mounds about once a week and had just about given up when they all started popping up about the same time.
Right now most of em have pink or purple flowers on em.
? by cutting eyes, do you mean planting potato peelings with eyes? if so how do you find which is better whole seed taters or peelings with eyes and the bounty after planting/harvesting?????? I have heard of using eyed peelings but never tried it!?
 
Top