growing onions

jessakaJuly 31, 2012

my dh planted onion bulbs under the ground, but in time they popped out of the ground. Is this normal or did he not plant them deep enough? thanks

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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

It is normal. They begin popping up out of the ground as they bulb up. Usually about 2/3s of the onion will be sticking up out of the ground by the time it is mature and ready to pick.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 4:33PM
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thanks dawn. it seemed stange and soon they were all the way out of the ground.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 8:27PM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

You're welcome. Yes it is strange, but that's how they are. Normally it is not a problem, but if their foliage is burning up in high heat and isn't there above the bulbs to shade them, the onions can sunscald and be ruint.

Some people try to prevent this by planting the onions more deeply in future years, but the onions bulb up best and get larger if you don't plant them deeply. They like being planted shallowly.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 11:31AM
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