Our first seed order came in today. It included a packet of 1000 Candy Onion seeds. What was I thinking? We seed 12 packs of onions per flat, with 60 seeds per pack--that's 720 seeds per flat--so 1000 seeds is only 1 flat and 4paks. We sell a lot of onions. So I had to scramble to add another 5000 seeds to another company's seed order, since it would cost $8.50 to ship the 5000 seeds.
Seeds are so expensive but we need healthy seeds to grow good plants.
While on the topic of onions, these are the varieties of onions and onion-related plants we grow:
Candy Onions: These are day neutral onions, large and sweet and store fairly well (ours keep well into March).
I spoke about another onion family member, garlic, in the previous post.
I plant all my onions from young plants started from seed in the greenhouse, but one can also grow them from sets--small onion bulbs grown the year before, and properly cured. The ideal size of sets is 1/2-3/4" in diameter. Smaller ones won't make large onions and larger ones may go to seed very quickly.
The bulbs of onions should not be covered with soil. But leeks can be planted deeper to blanch the lower part of the stalk.
For my own garden I am trying Borlotti Beans. They have interesting pods and if dried have nice white and red speckled bean seeds.