A Very Easy Trick to Grow Onions at Home – Shallots have been a popular cooking ingredient in Indonesia for a long time. Not without reason, red onions are often used as a mainstay as a spice in the kitchen when cooking. Apart from being used as cooking ingredients, red onions can also be consumed raw or fried as a complement to side dishes while eating food.
Not only in terms of taste, onions can also be used as traditional medicine. Since this one onion is very rich in benefits, it’s no wonder that red onions are always sought after every day.
Luckily you don’t have to bother going out of the house just to buy red onions. The reason is, you can get shallots at home by planting them. Here’s how to grow shallots at home!
1. Prepare the ingredients for growing shallots
First, you must first prepare the ingredients needed to grow shallots. All the ingredients are easy to find, here’s the list:
2. Plant the shallots with seeds
You can start by planting onion seeds first. To get started with this method, you should plant the onion seeds indoors for about 6-8 weeks before transplanting them outdoors.
Put the seeds in a pot filled with fertile soil, but don’t forget to leave a distance of about 1 cm for each seed. Water immediately after the seeds are covered with soil.
Water the onion seeds 1-3 times a week. To help the seeds sprout into seedlings, use a watering can to water them regularly. Wet the soil thoroughly, and wait for the soil to dry before watering it again.
Remove the seedlings when they grow 1 to 1 inch (2.5-5.1 cm) tall. When the seedlings sprout above the ground and reach a few cm high, they can survive in the external environment.
To transplant the seedlings, dig a hole in the garden with a shovel 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep. After that, place the onion seeds in it and cover it with compost. Give the distance between the seeds about 7.6-10.2 cm.
3. Planting shallots with tubers
Buy onion bulbs from your local plant shop. Usually they provide it in a bundle with a total of about 10-20 bulbs.
When you are ready to plant them, remove the packaging and separate each bulb individually. If you want to achieve the best growing conditions, plant the bulb in a place that is always exposed to sunlight.
Onions grow best when they are in direct sunlight most of the day. Therefore, choose a place to plant shallots that are far from tall plants so that your onions can continue to get sunlight.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to plant the shallot bulbs too deep into the ground. Leave the top part of the bud so it is not covered by soil. After that, water the onions throughout the day when the soil dries out.
But you also need to adjust to the weather on that day. If it rains a lot, then you don’t need to bother watering outside the house.
Also Read: How to Guickly Chop an Onion
4. Planting with chopped shallots
By removing the outer layer, it will be easier for you to cut the shallots.
After that, cut lengthwise towards the center to slowly open the onion. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut off part of the onion. Apply steady pressure as you make fine cuts. Avoid cutting straight into the middle, don’t cut the tubers.
Place the stalks in a cup of water until the roots begin to sprout. Fill 2/3 cup with tap water. Then, put the onion bulbs inside. Leave the onion in the water for a few days, then roots will grow from the bottom. When the onion roots are 0.64-2.54 cm long, remove them from the water and prepare to plant them.
Transfer the germinated onion center into the soil. Dig a 1⁄2-5.1 cm deep hole at the base of the garden, and place the onion bulb in it. Cover the bulb with a layer of organic compost. Then, immediately water the onion bulbs so that the roots begin to touch the ground.
5. The right time to harvest onions
Now you know what needs to be prepared and how to grow shallots independently. So, when is the right time to harvest shallots? If you want to get the maximum size of the red onion, then you have to be patient for a few weeks for the onion to fully ripen.
The onions are ready to be harvested when the tubers are large and the green shoots begin to turn yellow and fall off. Stop watering the onions when about 10 percent of the shoots begin to fall off. Then you can harvest the onions or leave them on the ground to be stored and used as needed,