Onions – Planting A Sweet Vidalia

Q: Someone gave me two bundles of Vidalia onion plants, little bulbs with green stems. What should I do with them now?

A: Plant the seedlings in a sunny bed now, twelve inches apart. Feed regularly with fertilizer having a high middle number, such as 10-30-20 or similar. The sweetness of a Vidalia onion depends on a lack of sulfur in the soil. Clay soils inevitably hold more sulfur than sandy soil so don’t expect your onions to be quite as lacking in lachrymosity as those from Toombs County.