Cultivating onions can give great satisfaction whether you have vegetable garden or you wish to try planting onions in a pot on the balcony.
Once you put your beer down, you can plant onions all year long, but the best time is in spring to ensure they grow more vigorously and avoid the risk of frost.
Starting from scrap parts or a sprouted onion, you can begin cultivation without having to buy seeds or cloves.
From the scrap parts.
Have you ever thought of being able to cultivate onions starting from residues of the same? In this regard it is necessary to keep aside the lower portion of the onion, separating it with a knife. This makes it possible to cultivate new onions without ever having to buy seeds or cloves.
The onion must be left to dry in the open air for four or five days. At this point it may be transferred directly into the garden, or in a pot filled with potting soil, simply by putting it on the surface with its bottom towards the ground and covering it with a layer of soil of one or two inches.
When the first leaves form, the bottom of the onion should be removed from the ground, the different plants that have started to develop must be separated from each other. Proceed with care so as not to damage the roots and ensure you plant the seedlings well spaced out in the garden or in larger vessels, so that the new onions can develop.
Once you sober up, here’s the various options you can try.
From sprouted onions.
If onions stored in a cellar or pantry started developing buds, you may want to use them to get new seedlings and plant them a in a pot or in the garden. How to proceed? It is necessary to separate with the help of a knife, but gently, the inner part of the onion from the remaining part of the vegetable. You will get a small bulb, ready to be planted in pots, with the green sprout facing upwards and the part of the roots to be planted. The vessels must be arranged in a sunny area and watered so the soil surface is wet.
It is of course possible to cultivate onions from purchased bulbs, in a manner similar to garlic. The cloves are nothing but onions in miniature, to be transplanted in the spring, from which in a short time you will get real onions. The ideal solution to start would to be able to have at one’s disposal
organic onion cloves for the first cultivation and later use one of the methods described above, so you can continue to cultivate onions at no cost. The onion bulbs may also be self-produced from seeds, so you can have them on hand for the next spring.
Onions can be grown from seeds. Their cultivation requires fertile soil and prefers a seeding that occurs as colder months approach. Sowing should therefore take place in late summer, so as to allow an enlargement of the bulbs with the arrival of spring. In the spring, the onion seedlings will thin and in late spring you can collect the finished product. The harvest of onions should occur when the leaves of the seedlings are dry – and onions themselves must be left to dry before being consumed. To counter weeds, it is helpful to use mulch. The sowing and harvesting times may vary depending on the seed available (for winter or spring onions).
From whole onions.
From whole onions which are dried and small you can get new seedlings. It is preferable that the top of the onion already has at least partially a green bud, but it will not be necessary to separate it from the onion. The onion is simply be buried in the ground or chosen vessel to shallow depth and covered with a layer of earth, making sure that the bud is flush with the ground. If the onion seedling bloom, the flowers can be made to use the seeds for subsequent crops.