The 2 Most Important Tips for Growing Big Onions

Today I want to talk about growing
onions and what are the two important keys to growing those nice big onions so
onion plant will grow just about anywhere you could take an onion plant
and throw it on bare dirt not even cover it up and it would eventually take root
and start to grow but how do we get those big soft ball sized onions that we
all want so the first important key is time of planting you want to plant those
onions as soon as you can so you can get as much growth as possible out of the
window for that particular onion variety onions have kind of two growing stages
you’ve got the vegetative stage or what I call the investment stage and then
you’ve got the bulbing stage or what I call the payoff stage so in that initial
phase or that vegetative phase you want to make sure you get as much leaf growth
on that onion as you can each one of the leaves on that onion plant is going to
represent a ring on that onion bulb so the more leaves you get the bigger the
bulb you’re gonna have so planting those onions early is important to maximize
that vegetative stage and get as many leaves as you can so that a payoff in
the end so for us in the south the ideal onion planting time is late November and
that’s when I planted these here behind me so as soon as we can get plants from
Dixondale that’s when we want to plant our onions so here we grow two
varieties onions we grow the Texas legend and the red Creole now in the
past I’ve grown kind of equal amounts of both but this year I’m growing a lot
more of the Texas Legends and just one row of the red Creole now I like the red
onions but they’re a little more prone to bolt and they don’t seem to store as
well so for the purposes of storage and having onions for a long time for
growing more of the Texas Legends this year now to the second key for growing
those big juicy onions which is feeding onions are heavy feeders which means
they like plenty of water and plenty of fertilizer so that’s why I plant my
onions on drip tape so I can give them plenty of water and plenty of fertilizer
so before I planted these onions I came in here with my drip tape layer and laid
my drip tape on two foot row spacing I like that two foot spacing because once
those onions get larger I can just make one pass
those double rows with my single wheel hoe and it makes it really easy to
cultivate it and keep it clean after I have my drip tape laid then I planted in
my double rows of onions I like using double rows because I can get two rows
of onions per one row of drip tape really helps me maximize the space in my
garden along the road I like to plant my onions pretty close i spaced these about
four inches apart and they’ll need some thinning if we want to get really big
onions and what we’ll do is once those onion bulbs get about size of a quarter
or size of a half dollar we’ll come in here and harvest every other onion along
that row and use those as green onions we’ll leave the rest of them to form
those real big bulbs that we want so back to the feeding we can feed these
onions in two different ways the first way is through injecting fertilizer in
that drip irrigation system so early on in the life of the onion we’ll inject
our 20-20-20 through that drip irrigation system now onions when
they’re young needs some phosphorus and potassium because that’s going to
encourage root development as they get older they just kind of need nitrogen so
that 20-20-20 helps early on by injecting that in they’re getting some
good root development and also giving a little bit of nitrogen to kick started
now as those onions grow we’ll switch to a fertilizer that’s just primary
nitrogen something like our Chilean nitrate and we can inject that to the
drip system as well or we can also side dress with it if we want a little slow
release action for side dressing I’ll just take that Chilean nitrate and
sprinkle it alongside that onion row there and then I’ll come behind him with
my wheel hoe in the cultivator teeth and kind of incorporate that into the soil
and that gives us some nice slow release fertilizer for when we get a little rain
now as I mentioned earlier it’s really important to maximize this vegetative or
investment stage of the onion plant so giving it plenty of water through that
drip irrigation also giving it plenty of fertilizers through the injection or
through the side dressing is going to make sure we get as much vegetative
growth as we can during that initial investment stage now when it comes time
for that bulbing stage or that payoff stage as I like to call it
we’re gonna have plenty of rings there on that onion and plenty of water to
make sure we get that nice big juicy onion that we want so plant your onions
early feed your onions well and you’ll have a nice big crop when it’s time to
harvest hope you enjoyed this video we’ll see you next time


  1. Good information, Thanks, but here in North East Arkansas, we cant get onion sets in November, is thier a good place where you an order them, other wise we have to wait till spring, and that's why we never get big good onions.

  2. I have been getting my onion plants from dixondale farms for years now with great results.Good video very interesting.

  3. Good straight forward information. I purchased from Dixondale for the first time this year. Their website has lots of great information.

  4. How often do you feed the 20 20 20? If not using a fertilizer injection system, can 20 20 20 be applied as a granular that will dissolve when watered? When do you shift to the nitrogen?

  5. I wonder what would happen if you apply your knowledge and technique into growing Elephant Garlic, you'll probably end up with some real Monster size ones lol.

  6. I've heard Danny and Wanda talk about Hoss Tools before. Y'all seem to be the right people to find out about most garden plants. Thank you for this info.

  7. Great video, I see you boys are from Georgia and I know ya'll have deer in Georgia! Aside from the various deer repellent products, is there anything you do to keep the deer from turning your garden into a buffet?

  8. This video says to plant onions in November but the Farmer's Almanac says to plant onions as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring, usually late March or April to make sure outdoor temperatures don’t dip below 20°F (-6°C). How is it that these onions don't freeze in the Georgia winter? Just asking.

  9. I like everything you said (I’m here in zone 10a) about planting onions. I wish you would have commented about short, long and day neutral varieties to help out some of the newer growers. I plant first week in November and start my plants from seed in flats right around Labor Day. All short-day varieties, Texas Grano, yellow granex and red creole. After bulbing I cut way back on fertilizer and switch from 20-20-20 water soluble to CAN-27 side dressing. I’ve found too much late fertilizer promotes a large number of seed heads.

  10. wow I have had onions stored 3 years and they look as they were when I pull them out of the ground I was amazed by I was not at that time big into a gardening lot of the garden was grown over and run with weeds keep the weed under control will a roller telling around the garden and weed kill keep the for moving did not write what seeds we used down would love to find them again we got busy at the time to take out the garden end of October still had the potatoes and the beats and onions and carrots and some more so we were busy in the fall harvest that year
    it started to snow and me dig the potatoes and some of the beats and carrots too onions I pulled all of then up thought I did we tie about 12 onions up in a bundle and hung them in the root cellar put all of want I dig after had the dried carrots I did the same with to beats I keep them with the potatoes keep fine December I learn to can beat and did some pickled carrots too the spring want I miss them started to grow was told to pull them out I did not I had bigger inions that fall and wow they were strong to eat but good carrot were woody beats did not do well but the potatoes did great parsnips I took some out and they look ok I cook them up wow they better the now but they do get wood if you leave them in the ground to grow
    now that I have raised beds and able to have help with all of the gardens and this was the first year we grew all year in the greenhouse we tried tomatoes for the first year I think we did very well with all that we growing did sell most of them to a local store they were very happy with our potatoes and onions had carrots too but the never made the winter only one downside selling to a store is the comparison they keep a trying to shut me down we have run we know who there are big-time pain in the butts for the farmer here they want to be the ones to make the money and have on their ones around
    we just get bigger in the size of the farm we have the older farmer that what to get out of the farming they came to use and ask to puy their land we do and they came live there as well too

  11. Nice information I am curious about the tip of the onion being cut off do you not get neck rot when you water or is that because of the species of onion and also the warm weather

  12. I grow onions just for green onions. I went through Vidalia GA once it seemed like I drove 10 miles with nothing but onion fields as far as you could see.

  13. This dude sounds like Bubba Blue from Forrest Gump.
    I know everythang they is to know about unyuns. My deddy growed unyuns and his deddy befoe him growed unyuns and dats all I ever did, was grow unyuns. Thays all sorts of way to cook unyuns….thays fried unyuns, boilt unyuns, stewed unyuns, unyun sallet, eggs an unyuns, unyun soup, unyun souffle, chopped unyuns, mashed unyuns, unyun samitch, unyun and taters…..I guess that's about it.

  14. Hi from N GA. I started three types of onions this year (Yellow onion sets, Texas sweet onions with stalks, and Egyptian walking onion sets). I'm going to follow your approach using 4×8 raised beds. Looks promising.

  15. You always have such good information! I'm growing my first garden – just a backyard raised bed garden – at age 71 since leaving the farm at age 17, so there's quite a bit I've forgotten. So I really appreciate all of your videos. Thank you!

  16. How have the texas candies done for you? Or have you tried them? Mine finally after 1 year started growing. doesnt seem to be bulbing tho…

  17. Thanks bro! This is a new concept. Drip tape…awesome possum. This is a low pressure system could be done from an elevated tank I think? Experiment!

  18. Please help me settle an "old wives tale". My best friend said that if you plants lots of onions around all of your other plants, that it will keep the bugs/pests down that eat/destroy the other plants. Is that true? And if so, is it just the ultra high acid onions, or all onions will work?

  19. I live in Colorado, zone 5. I usually plant my onions in late fall and harvest any time next year. Snow has never been an issue but we usually don't get much in the Denver area. Great videos!!

  20. The number one most important factor is to choose an onion variety that’s compatible with the growing location. I can’t grow long day varieties at my location of 34 degrees north latitude for instance.

  21. Hoss is the boss! What a rare pleasure this video was. You didn't waste time explaining what you were going to cover and even waste more explaining what you weren't going to cover. Which on YT can go on until our ears fall off. You got to the point. Gave real information. You didn't parrot videos you watched in the last week on a topic you know nothing about. You sir put out one great video.

  22. Enjoyed your straight forward information that is right to the point and very helpful to this onion grower, we do about 2000 give or take mix between Red River, Corpa, Spanish, and Walla Walla. We are in southern Minnesota, Onions from Dixondale as well.

  23. I planted 100 onion sets last month in NE WA. I plan to pull every other as they grow, leaving the big ones for last in my raised beds. Love your informational video.

  24. I would like some recommendation and advice about this garden tools. I am a beginner gardener. I need some tool to till the soil for all basic vegetables and herbs.our soil is hard to cultivate. Which tool is the most appropriate for our purpose of gardening and soil.?Thank you.

  25. I like you! Damit your clear , informative and not long winded! lol GREAT JOB and thanks from Louisiana!

  26. what in the fuck are you going to do with all those onions? that looks like 2+ years worth of onions for me.

  27. Hello that look so good, if y'all don't mind can you take a look at my channel it's all about entertainment, garden,sad talk as well.

  28. my dad used to step the top green portion of the onion down after a while…….. I suppose to force growth to the roots (bulb); is this accurate at all?

  29. Good info but I have a question is there a difference between onion sets and the little individual plants like you were planting in the video ? Thanks

  30. Appreciate the useful info, to the point, found this channel by accident, love the straightforward, advise & tips. Thank you from Australia

  31. I grow all my onions from seed as I live in Ireland which has a very mild climate I find that by growing them this way I don't get many bolting out of over two hundred seeds I have so far 7 bolts I enjoyed your video on growing onions the USA 🇺🇸 way very interesting tips as well

  32. I am in Tn and I sow my onions with pelleted seeds in my greenhouse about the 3rd week in January. I do no dig with mushroom compost. Other than thinning like you do i do not add anything but water. I do water them regularly. My onions vary in size and i have some big onions and some not so big where in one corner of my greenhouse they do not get enough sun. They sre still in the ground but i am not going to water them anymore, In a week are so i will just pull them up, cut most of the leaf part off and just let them dry on the ground in the greenhouse. It works well for me and i have been doing it that way about 5 years.

  33. What date would you recommend for planting in Zone 7B? Do you also have a video showing how you winter the onions?

  34. And what's about mildew, trips or stemphilium?
    Good desinfectations are not important for grow big onions?

  35. Question, I tried growing onions for the first time this past year. They started off well and as they got bigger and had good leaf growth, they stopped growing. The bulbs really didn’t get big and many rotted. I think I may have over watered them. How often do you water them and how much water?

  36. i have a hoe with a small rake attached the the other side which is kind of cool and i love that tool but now i need a wheel hoe too lol

  37. Thank you just started my onion end of October and am following your instructions. I am in San Diego so I hope they will comeout well.

  38. I dont know how many times we put the 20.20 but I have already done it twice and am.getting ready to apply the 15.0.2. And also how many times do I put thus one. I will be watching the leaves also to see if the vegetative stage is taking off.

  39. I cant find the 15.0.2. Fertlizer in california and will try to get it from Hoss on line. The moment I cant get the exact product I am totally lost. Anyone knows were to buy this product in California.

  40. Question, :"after use on garden , what is the best way to rollup and store silage tarps?" fold up like a blanket or rollup over a pipe, . Goal looking for best efficiency and best way to prevent mold or other problems. Thanks, Gary

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