Although growing onions from seeds is not really very difficult, growing onions from sets is the best way to go if you are a beginner in planting this popular bulb. There are several reasons for this.
One, you skip the germination stage which you have to go through if you plant from seeds. That means, you don’t have to check for the soil, worry if you watered the seeds too much (or too little) for proper germination to take place.
Onion sets are established quickly – no need for high skills and labor here – and can easily become strong and vigorous. Put them in a sunny spot, water and remove weeds regularly and they would surely thrive.
Not only that, sets are also more resistant to diseases, they crop even in poor soils and can tolerate light frosts. No need for a heated greenhouse for the hardy onion sets!
If you grow from seeds and you are a beginner, you might hesitate or find it difficult to thin out the green foliage of the seedlings – which is a requirement. With sets, there’s no need to do thinning or any of those skills.
However, sets are more expensive compared to seeds. Local nurseries also do not offer a lot of onion varieties in sets.
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