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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How to grow onions in containers


How to grow onions in containers!  | Lavende & Lemonade


Until recently, I'd never been able to make onions grow.  I'd have one start sprouting in the kitchen...oops...and it would rot out as soon as I tried to do make it grow.  I finally figured out how to grow them using kitchen scraps (check out my article How to Grow Onions from Kitchen Scraps in 3 Easy Steps to learn how!)

Onions are fun to grow, make neat vertical stems and tall blooms, and are surprisingly versatile.  I also love that they can be grown in pots and garden containers, which make them ideal for apartment and balcony gardeners.

In order to grow thriving onions in containers, keep these helpful tips in mind:




    How to grow onions in containers!  | Lavende & Lemonade
  • Soil should be well-drained.  If you're using standard potting soil, I suggest mixing in some sand in order to improve drainage.

  • Plant onions about 3 inches apart from each other.  This will give the bulb enough room to expand into a full onion without them bumping into each other.

  • Onions love sunlight.  Place the pots in your sunniest location.  They need full sun, the more the better.

  • Keep your soil moist, but never soggy.  Water thoroughly, and when the soil begins to dry out, water the onions again.  The onions will be juicy, and that juiciness comes from consistent watering.

Onions grow well when planted together with tomatoes, garlic, and parsley.  Perfect additions to your salsa garden!





27 comments:

  1. I have my own Garden and My onions I am growing from seeds

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  2. Great advice - I love onions and will try to follow your easy directions!

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  3. I cannot wait to try this. Looks so cool too!!

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  4. I don't really like onions but my Mother does. I'll have to share this with her

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  5. Great tip! I can't wait to make my own onions

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  6. I love it!! I want to grow my own onions! That sounds awesome. I will have to follow your directions. Thank you!

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  7. Onions are great to have in the fridge in the summer. I may give this a try soon.

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  8. Thanks! I have a hard time growing anything. . I'll have to see if this works!

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  9. I would love to try this at home with my wife. I think she'll love this

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  10. I've grown garlic in containers, but not onions .. and I've not thought of growing them together. I must try this, thank you!

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  11. I would love to try this. I love to cook with onions. Fresh ones i grew myself would be fantastic.

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  12. Growing onions would be refreshing to do though a bit difficult to maintain. I'm sure once you see the onions ready, it would be worth the effort.

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  13. What a great idea. Many of my dishes call for onion and it would be awesome to grow my own.

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  14. Winter is upon us so not sure how much sun will be available to allow them to live but I like the idea!

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  15. I so love to cook with onions and growing our own, but I don't think I've ever tried it this way. gotta get the kids on on this one

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  16. I didn't know I can grow onions that easy! I have to try it.

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  17. that's a very resourceful idea!. Thanks for sharing

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  18. No one in my home really likes onions, however this is really great tips to growing your own onions.

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  19. Great tips! We've tried growing veggies in pots before and haven't had much luck. Maybe we'll have to give it another try this year. I'd really like to make my own salsa.

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  20. I've heard of doing this but have never tried it before. I really should give it a try though, thanks for the tips :)

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  21. Just seen all the related posts at the ned of this one. I think I might hang around and read more. :D

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  22. I have to say, I always admire people that like to garden. I find it challenging. Love that you make it sound so easy.

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  23. I didn't even know about this - I guess that just says a lot of how I know nothing about nature and the like... thanks for this.

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  24. Thanks so much for making this sound so easy. I haven't always wanted to give this try. I'll start one soon.

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  25. I was planning on trying onions this year but didn't get much gardening done at all. I'm looking forward to trying the onions again next year along with potatoes and ginger.

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  26. At the farm where I volunteer, everything is grown in pots (over 7,000 square feet). We grow scallions there in a circular pattern, so we fit about 50 in a pot. You can see the technique here: http://mymaplehillfarm.blogspot.com/2013/12/farm-school-fall-series-week-twelve.html. Enjoy your planting!

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