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Georgia Gardening: When to plant Onion plants?

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Danita
Cobb County, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 15, 2009
1:06 PM

Post #6007842

Hi all,

When is the best time to spring plant onion plants here in Atlanta?
I missed fall planting. :(

Also, are there any local sources to get nice plants?

I'm thinking about ordering some from Dixondale Farms if there aren't good varieties available locally.

Since there is a significant price break the more bundles you order, if anyone else in the Atlanta area would be interested in ordering together please let me know.

Thanks! :)
Danita
BronxBoy
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 15, 2009
2:08 PM

Post #6008007

Danita:

Plant around Valentines Day. I did last year and had the best crop of onions I ever had.

BB
webrown
Fitzgerald, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 15, 2009
6:32 PM

Post #6009001

I always plant in November or early Dec. I usually buy sets from Cox Farms in Vidalia. He usually has an ad in th Market Bulletin & sends good counts.
BronxBoy
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 15, 2009
7:56 PM

Post #6009347

Danita:

I order from Dixondale. I was planning to order next week.

BB
Danita
Cobb County, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 17, 2009
2:21 PM

Post #6015805

Thanks to both of you!

BB, do you have any varieties you'd particularly recommend?

I thought I might at least try a sampler of the short and intermediate day types and some Granex.

Also, I know that the bulbs go dormant and that's when you harvest. I also know that the short day types/sweet onions can only be stored a few weeks. Can you just leave the dormant bulbs in the ground and use as needed during their summer dormancy?
BronxBoy
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 18, 2009
1:25 PM

Post #6019212

Danita:

Last year we grew:

Texas Supersweet
Yellow Granax
Contessa
White Bermuda
Walla Walla



All did very, very well. It was the first year that I could really say I grew onions.

As far as leaving them in the ground, the problem is that over time they start to get mushy. We had better luck pulling them and storing them in a wire basket.

BB
webrown
Fitzgerald, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2009
6:39 PM

Post #6020256

The yellow granex type is the onion variety that they grow for the Vidalia onion sales that are so popular. I grow organically & everyone tells me that mine are sweeter than those that they produce in that area.

When the onions mature, they should be pulled up & left on the soil for a few days to allow the onion to "cure" out. Then store them in mesh bags or old pantyhose in a dry area & they will keep for several months.
frausnow
Winterville, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2009
2:03 AM

Post #6022017

I just ordered the granex type seeds from www.henryfields.com. Do you think it's too late to plant them after the last frost?

JoAnn
Danita
Cobb County, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2009
2:26 AM

Post #6022109

Joann, Granex are short day onions which means that they bulb up in the short days of spring. Your plants would be really small. I'd sow the seeds this summer and plant out in early fall like they do in Vidalia. They'll overwinter outside and then you'll get big onions the next spring.
Danita
Cobb County, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2009
2:32 AM

Post #6022127

Thanks for the info BB and Webrown!

BB, Walla Walla is a long day type and it did well for you? I thought the long days types wouldn't bulb up for us here due to shorter days.
BronxBoy
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2009
8:15 AM

Post #6022847

Danita:

I planted them in the fall and let them overwinter. They didn't get huge bulbs but the ones I got were a usuable size.

BB
frausnow
Winterville, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 20, 2009
2:24 PM

Post #6027884

Danita, Bronx Boy

If I sow the seeds indoors now and plant in the spring will that help? When you say overwinter, does that mean I leave them in the ground or dig them up?
BronxBoy
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 20, 2009
6:42 PM

Post #6028725

When I say overwinter, I mean in the ground.

You will lose a couple of months if you wait to the Spring. I plant mine in February

BB
girlgroupgirl

January 21, 2009
4:18 AM

Post #6030741

I grew my onions from seed in fall, Granex type and they are in the garden now and bulbing. Looking good too!
mhcapps
Atlanta, GA

December 10, 2010
11:11 AM

Post #8253402

do you know the phone number for Cox Farms. I am trying to contact them. Thanks!
mqiq77
Danielsville, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 10, 2010
4:24 PM

Post #8253844

ggg, did you put the seed in a seperate box, or plant streight in the ground?
Also, when do you expect to harvest?
Yes, I'm full of questons, because I have never grown onions.

One other question, and thats everyone, when do you plant garlic bulblets?
Mike

Danita, thanks for bringing up this subject. Mike
gaseedgrower
Hollywood, FL
(Zone 11)

December 23, 2010
5:11 AM

Post #8273406

May I ask what type of soil onions does well so I know how to amend my Ga. clay soil?

Thanks All.

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