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Onion Transplants


Man this is hard work. And I have a lot of onions to pick it looks like. A lot of people don't realize where do the onion transplants that they buy in their local nurseries come from. And they actually come out of the Winter Gardens of Texas. Down here around Crystal City and Peretho Spring and they've been growing transplants for many, many years. In fact, this is where the Granex, or the one they sell as Vidalia, got its start.

They grow transplants here, ship them to Georgia, then they grow nice onions and ship them back. And then we buy them for an expensive price. But we don't have to do that because you can go into your local nursery now, get the variety for your area, such as the 10-15Y, or the Granex, or the Gan 0502, or any of those types, plant them now or transplant them, fertilize them, keep them well watered, keep the weeds out of them, keep them in full sun, and by May or June you will be harvesting some great onions to eat. And if buy too many transplants, don't worry because they're the same thing. You can eat them the same as green onions. They are good to eat even before they have a bulb.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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