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February 15, 2013

Nothing says love like onions

NORMAN — Seems the only thing Valentine’s Day and onions have in common is the possibility of crying. However, I would have to agree it’s true: Onions are love. I rarely make a dish without onions, so having them on-hand and homegrown is a bonus, in my opinion.

I grow at least a set of onions every year in the garden. But now is the time to get those onions in the ground so you can enjoy them later this summer.

Around Valentine’s Day is the best time to plant onion sets or bulbs in the garden, but there may be some confusion on just what types to plant. There is an abundance of onion varieties available in any garden center, but not all do well in Oklahoma.

In general, red onions and “long-day” onions don’t do well here. I recommend you only plant those onions termed “short-day” varieties.

Many plants may be considered short-day or long-day plants. Short-day plants flower when the days are shorter than 12 hours, like fall and winter. Short-day plants include poinsettias and mums.

Long-day plants flower when the days are longer. Long-day plants include many summer flowering plants such as coneflowers and summer vegetable crops. Day-neutral plants will flower regardless of day length.

Short-day onion varieties that do well here include Texas 1015 (aka Grano 1015Y), Granex, Yellow Sweet Spanish, Walla-Walla, Crystal Wax, White Sweet Spanish and Evergreen White. I really like Texas 1015, as they are sweet wherever they are grown and are readily available.

Bulb or tuber-forming vegetables benefit from a fluffy soil, free of rocks or clods that can deform the crop. Clear the soil of any debris or cover crop prior to planting. Space the onions 4-to-5 inches apart and roughly 1-inch deep. Lightly shower the onions with water immediately after planting, taking care to not wash them out. A soaker hose can be laid before or after planting and set with a timer for ease of watering.

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