How to Grow Onions: Varieties for Every Region

Learn how to grow onions and discover which onion varieties are the best choices for your garden and kitchen.



Harvesting a bumper crop of onions in a Maine garden.
LYNN KARLIN
Red and white onion bulbs.
RICK WETHERBEE
Onions mulched to suppress weeds.
SCOTT VLAUN
Onions are adapted for different day lengths. This map is an approximate guide to where each type of onion grows best. Yellow: Long-day onions; Blue: Intermediate-day onions; Red: Short-day onions.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
Onions can be braided just like garlic.
LYNN KARLIN
A terrific way to cook the more pungent onion varieties is to caramelize them. Slowly cooking the onions brings out their natural sweetness.
BARBARA PLEASANT
These onions are being prepared for storage.
LYNN KARLIN
‘Ailsa Craig’ onions are a sweet variety.
DAVID CAVAGNARO
Yellow ‘Newburg’ storage onions.
PHOTO: SCOTT VLAUN

















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