It’s a waste of tears crying over the tasteless onion varieties in your local grocery store when growing onions of your own is so simple. Originally hailing from Pakistan, homegrown onions come in a variety of flavors and textures. And, they are a staple ingredient in flavorful dishes from around the world.
Your homemade stir-fries and soups will never taste the same once you incorporate freshly grown onions into the mix. Onions are easy to grow, simple to store and take up so little space that you can sneak some into the edges of your flower beds for a bonus harvest.
Whether you decide to grow your onions from seeds or starts is up to you. Either way, you will be well rewarded for your time spent growing this garden delicacy.
Seeds, Transplants or Sets: Start Growing Onions
There are a lot of options when it comes to growing onions. The onion is a biennial plant, which means that its growing life lasts for two years. Additionally, the plant doesn’t produce seeds until its second year. Onions are traditionally grown directly from seed, from transplants or from pre-bought sets that have already made it through their first year of growing.
You will need the longest amount of time to grow onions directly from seed. On the other hand, transplants give you a jump start on growing because you buy them as bunches of live seedlings that are several weeks old. Though they dramatically shorten the growing period, they also are more susceptible to disease than onions you seed yourself. Sets, in contrast, are immature bulbs that you grew the previous year. They are easy to plant and grow quickly. However, they tend to bolt early and come in more limited varieties than seeds or transplants.