How to Grow Onion Sets

Make planting and maintaining onion sets a cinch with this step-by-step guide.

From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide
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Store Dried Onions and Check Often for Decay

Store Dried Onions and Check Often for Decay

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed

  • onion sets
  • garden containers (optional)
  • watering can or garden hose
  • plastic cover

Step 1: Plant the Onion Sets

Plant Onion Sets with Pointed Side Up

Plant Onion Sets with Pointed Side Up

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plant onion sets pointed-end up, pushing them lightly into the base of shallow drills. They can also be planted in containers for a small crop.

Step 2: Provide Light Maintenance

Onions Need Little Care During Growing Season

Onions Need Little Care During Growing Season

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Onions need little routine care during the growing season. Keep them well weeded, but water only when established. Check them for signs of disease.

Step 3: Dry the Bulbs

Leave Pulled Onions On Soil Surface to Dry

Leave Pulled Onions On Soil Surface to Dry

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Wait until the crop is ready to store, then leave the bulbs on the soil surface to dry. Cover large crops if rain is predicted; small crops can be brought under cover.

Step 4: Check Stored Onions for Disease or Decay

Store Dried Onions and Check Often for Decay

Store Dried Onions and Check Often for Decay

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Don’t compost discarded bulbs since some diseases spread easily and are tricky to control.

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