When to plant onions and leeks

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    I like to plant as early as possible (Jan-Feb), thick, in trays with good quality potting soil (no individual cells). I try to get a small bulb going so when they’re transplanted they take the shock better. Just divide and plant as you would herbaceous perennials. Same for leeks.


    Make sure to give supplemental lighting, especially on low light days and early in germination. You can cut the lights sometime before you start hardening them off when temperatures stay above freezing.



    If you have extra seed left over you may want to try direct seeding but be aware of the long germination and establishment time. This will work better for some types of onions (green and cippolini onions) and for warm or long season environments.

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