When to plant onions in MD zone 7?

mdgardengurl(MD Zone 7)January 12, 2008

2 years ago, I had a fabulous crop of large healthy onions, but can't remember when I planted them. Last year, I must have planted them too late, because my crop was very disappointing...very small onions. Can anyone tell me when is the best time to plant onions in my area? We had a LONG summer this past year (I was still picking tomatoes and peppers in November), and a mild winter so far..In fact, our days are still in the 50's. As a guideline, I will be planting my Snow Peas next month...

Any help will be so appreciated.

Thanks!

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wcthomas

Hi Mdgardengurl,

I am also in zone 7, near the coast in central NJ, and I plant around April 1st with good success.

Dixondale Farms has established onion plant ship dates by Zip Code (http://www.dixondalefarms.com/shipping) and they show April 7th as their standard ship date for Maryland. They show the same date for NJ, but I requested an earlier ship date. Dixondale also has an onion planting guide that may be helpful (http://www.dixondalefarms.com/downloads/OnionPlantingGuide.pdf)

For good size onions, the right variety is very important. Maryland is right around the border for Long Day varieties and Intermediate Day varieties, so either should work well. I suggest Candy and Walla Walla as nice large onions for your area. Give them a good shot of nitrogen in the early spring to get the top growth going.

TomNJ

    Bookmark   January 13, 2008 at 11:29AM
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mdgardengurl(MD Zone 7)

Tom, thanks so much for that information! I just downloaded their guide, so will study it today, and place my order with them tomorrow morning.
Thaks again!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2008 at 12:35PM
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patapscomike

ask and ye shall receive

Here is a link that might be useful: Planting dates for MD Zone 7

    Bookmark   January 16, 2008 at 6:11PM
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