Why it is Easier to Grow Onions from Sets rather Than Seeds


There is more than one way when it comes to growing onions:  you can sow seeds, plant by sets, or use transplants.  But of these three, planting by sets is definitely easier.

Planting by using partly grown onion bulbs or simply, onion sets, have a number of advantages. The most obvious benefit is time.

Since sets are partly grown, you get a good head start.  What does this mean?  When you sow from seeds, you need to wait for the germination period – about two to three weeks — before you even begin to see the beginnings of foliage.

Onion sets, of course, have already gone germination.  In fact, it should have small bulbs already.  All you need to do is wait a while for it to grow big enough to be harvested.

Another advantage of planting sets is it doesn’t require a lot of work.  Unlike onions sown from seeds which you have to thin out when they reach about five centimeters in height, onions grown from sets doesn’t require thinning.

With onion sets, you do not have to worry about protecting them from diseases, poor soil and bad weather conditions.  They are less likely to be affected by onion fly attacks, thrive in almost any type of soil and tolerate light frosts.

Some of the onion set varieties includes White Ebenezer, Red Wethersfield and Stuttgarter.