Onions Are Not Large

Q: I have been growing onions for years, always with poor results. The
onions never grow large; they barely get larger than the size originally
planted. I put them in anywhere between January and March. I’ve tried
Yellow Granex, Burgundy Red, and Texas Sweet but never a big bulb. 

A: You did not plant early enough. Short-day onions like these should be
planted in fall, usually in October. This gives them lots of time to grow leaves
before bulb formation is triggered to begin in January. Onions can tolerate
most winter weather but cover yours if temperatures in the teens approach.
When the leafy tops begin to turn yellow and fall over your onions are ready
to dig. Be sure to fertilize and water appropriately. I have an excellent garden
calendar at bit.ly/GAgardcal.

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