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How to Grow Onions at Home

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Whether you want to grow sweet onions, red onions, shallots, chives or scallions (aka green onions), they’re a cool-weather crop, so they can be sown indoors in early spring or planted outdoors when the weather includes light frosts
  • Onion types that come in white, yellow and red can be cultivated from transplants, sets or seeds and range from tiny pickling onions to large Spanish cultivars and may be shaped like a globe, a top or a spindle
  • There are long-day, intermediate-day and short-day onions, which should be planted in the correct geographical areas to optimize their growth, and form bulbs on varying day lengths
  • Eating allium vegetables like onions has been shown to improve various aspects of health and may even help prevent, suppress and treat several types of cancers

If you ever find yourself in the kitchen wondering what to dream up for dinner, you know how often onions play at least a supporting role in the final presentation. Chopped in salads, sautéed with bell peppers or emanating their savory essence in soups and casseroles, the versatility of onions makes cooking less of a chore and more of an adventure.


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