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Indoor gardening | Storing Onions

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Storing onions indoors after harvesting onions is relatively easy and always adds great flavor to your recipes. If you grow onions in your garden this is an important part of the process to keep enjoying onions long after they have been harvested.

 

Indoor gardening | Storing Onions: Storing onions after they are harvested is one of the most important parts of the process of growing onions. There is nothing better than keeping those onions going well into the cooler months so you can keep enjoying your gardening efforts as long as possible.  Below you will find clear and simple directions on how to store your onions after they have been harvested! 

 

STEP 1:  CLIP OFF THE TOPS

  • After the curing period, clip off the dried tops, leaving one- to two-inch stubs.
  • Removing the tops allows the onion necks to continue drying in storage and makes for more compact storage
  • Individual onions will be more accessible and less likely to be affected by any rotting tops that might be mixed in with them.
  • If you want to make a decorative onion braid, leave the tops on some shapely bulbs that have thoroughly dried necks. Although well-cured, braided onions will last longer than my ill-fated uncured crop did, it has been my experience that topless onions keep best.

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 STEP 2: PACK CAREFULLY FOR STORAGE

  • Onions will keep best in single layers spread in shallow cartons, which may be stacked.
  • It’s alright to arrange onions two deep, but avoid heaping them in large piles.
  •  Good air circulation helps to prevent spoilage.
  • For a long storage life, keep onions cold and dry (32 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, 60 to 70 percent humidity).
  •  Don’t let them freeze. It is especially important to guard against dampness, which encourages decay. They are most likely to sprout at around 60 degrees.
  • Keep your crop until spring in a dry, well-ventilated 50- to 60-degree room. If you haven’t stored onions before, try keeping them in several different spots until you determine which works best for you.

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