Organic Red Onion
How To Grow
Can be sown outdoors somewhere they will get plenty of sunshine
Ensure there are no stones, weeds and weed roots in soil before sowing seed
Soil needs to have good drainage
The soil should be moist before sowing so water soil day before if dry
Sow seed 1cm deep with about 3cm between seeds. If sowing more than one row then space the rows 20cm apart.
Keep the soil weed free, ensuring you don’t damage plant in the process
Water plants in morning
Remove any flower stems that may appear — this is the onion trying to bolt (note red onion more likely to bolt than other onions)
When stem turns yellow and falls over, gently loosen onion in soil and leave for another 2 weeks.
When plants are approx. 1 - 2 months in the soil (well established) recommended to transplant (moving to different location for optimum growing)
Soil to transplant into needs to be well drained, fertile soil (e.g. compost) in warm weather, in a sunny position
Water if weather is dry but do not overwater
Ensure soil around plant is kept weed free
To encourage growth and deter pests, feed every 3 - 4 weeks with organic fertiliser (e.g. dried seaweed fertiliser, sachets available on sow.ie)
Approx. 5 months after sowing
Harvest approx 2 weeks from the point that stem turns yellow and falls over
Harvest on sunny day, lift from earth. Can be eaten directly after harvest but if drying to store, leave exposed to sun/wind for 3 -5 days until tops have dried.
Tip: Perfect indoor or balcony plant!