Growing Onions

Way back when I had back surgery I decided that I would be all smart and get a head start on my vegie patch. Because I knew I was going to be out of action for a while as far as weeding and planting was concerned, I decided to start some vegies in pots.

One of the things that I decided to grow was onions. I toddled off with my sister to purchase some plants, and came back with some  marked down pots of onions. I figured that it wouldn’t matter if they all died (some did) because it was going to be such a long time before I put them in the ground anyway.

However, I also purchased these onions on the same day that I purchased a whole bunch of other plants for potting (watermelon, beans, cauliflower, broccoli…I can’t recall the others but there were more). After repotting something like 50 plants I finally got around to the onions. And they were these tiny, delicate little plants. I couldn’t work out how to separate them to put them in their own pot, so they just got loosely broken up and popped in a shallow tray (I’d run out of deep ones by this point).

Pile of Repotted Plants

“It won’t be long until I repot them properly,” I reassured myself and went to collapse inside.

That was in September. And I still hadn’t done anything about those onions. So yesterday I went to my parents’ house (where the onions had been stored) to bring them home and repot them. Only now I’m not sure what to do about them.

Onion Plants

They’ve been developing all together and I’m afraid that if I pull one out the whole clump will be disturbed and they’ll die. But if I don’t move them, they won’t be able to grow properly. The vegie patch still isn’t ready for them, but is it worth moving them to new pots? Any suggestions?

Have you ever been lax with repotting a plant? Do you ever just give up and sacrifice them?


3 thoughts on “Growing Onions

  1. Probably a bit late now, but pull them apart, give them a gentle wash, cut off one third of the top and two thirds of the roots (to untangle them), and just hope for the best.
    Remind me, and I will send you some tree onions – they are much easier.

    • I managed to prise them apart and pop them in the vegie patch. At this stage I think most of them survived. There’s about 40 in all, and given that I’m the only one here who eats onions I can probably afford to lose a few!
      I haven’t heard of a tree onion before, but I’d be happy to try anything that I’m less likely to kill 🙂

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