Onions (Autumn Red) Growing Guide
Crop Rotation Group
Allium (Onion family) ●
Fertile, well drained soil with compost dug in. In clay soil, grow in raised beds or rows.
Sun or partial shade.
Not normally required, though overwintered sets can be given a liquid feed in spring.
Single Plants: 15cm (5") each way (minimum)
Rows: 10cm (3") with 20cm (7") row gap (minimum)
Sow and Plant
Onions can be grown from seed in which case start in pots under cover in late summer before planting out autumn to winter.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.
Japanese variety onion sets can be used to give an early harvest.
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. Not recommended in the tropics.
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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