Originally posted by Dianec
I found that some of the baby onions I had bought are sprouting green stems in my refrigerator. Garlic does this too for me but not in fridge. It
seems things only grow for me in this fashion.
There are a lot of variables here as to why they won't grow. I'll try to give you a few pointers as best I can.
I don't want to let this opportunity slip by but am afraid to plant them for fear of screwing this bloom up. Usually things grow fine until I
plant them for some reason. Maybe last time I planted them upside down or not deep enough (I assume the stems should be sticking out).
Everything from soil temp to soil pH to even placement can have an effect, as well as time of the year you put them in. Generally you don't weant
really cold soil, or heavily acidic soil, as things just won't take. Generally with onions, if they are sprouting, take off the outside layers, and
only plant the core of the vegetable in the ground. Having the sprout in or out of the ground shouldn't matter, but I'd put it underground. Onions are
one of those amazing things where you can simply plant the peelings, and each year they should sprout given the right soil conditions.
To give your plants the best chance, you really need good fertilizer, potting or growing soil and water to get going. I tend to find when I'm putting
in cuttings or peelings, place a little lucerne hay, or even compost or mulch in the base of the hole, then put a bit of water in. This gives the
plants a bit of insulation, plus keeps the water close to the root system. Then use potting/growing soil, then cover with the original soil over the
top. Make sure you fertilise (I use Seasol for veggies), and they should take.
Or a change in environment shocks them and kills them. Some people have a way with these things and I'd like to begin learning. Other forums
are for experts and this one said questions are ok. Any advice would help.
Position is also a big factor. Most seedlings don't need constant sun, but I find half and half (half a days sun, half a days shade) is best for any
vegies. You also don't want to put them where they are exposed to too much wind or weather. If you have no choice, putting up shades in certain
positions or screens to guard (remember guard, not block) the most of the weather, they should also be good.
Gardening is all really trial and error, especially for an amatuer gardner. Figure out what works best for you, and stick with it, or change it as
Hope this helps a bit.
edit on 19/5/2013 by 74Templar because: eta
edit on 19/5/2013 by 74Templar because: laaaaayers....
Onions have layers...