When to step on onions and why

When to crush onions and why to bend the stems is a very recurring question when it comes to plant onions, and more specifically, at harvest time. Although it is relatively simple, like the whole process, it does require some consideration.

When to mash onions


When to mash onions

Remember that in our case we are planting the onions on the terraces, after having started with the onion nursery at the end of autumn, at the end of winter and at the beginning of spring, therefore at the approach of summer, more or less around San Juan in the northern hemisphere and Christmas in the south, it’s the perfect time to harvest.

This is when you have to step on the onions, that is, bend the stems with your feet. It is important to do so, and the reasons are multiple as we will see below.

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Why walk on onions

First of all, we must bear in mind that when we are, that is, when the stems begin to turn yellow, we stop watering. We do this to prevent rot and because it is no longer necessary to keep watering.

Avoid rot. This is one of the reasons why the stems of onions should be walked on before they sprout, as early summer rains could lead to water seepage and rot the entire bulb, ruining the harvest.

Speed ​​up the drying of the rod. Another thing is that by folding it we speed up the process that would naturally take a little longer.

Contributes to the closure of the ampoule. Onions, or rather the stalks of onions, are also bent at the time before harvesting, to help the bulb close up and so before they can be relied upon to grow them.

Prevent it from blooming. Another important reason is to prevent the plant from starting to flower. Something we would leave alone in case we wanted seeds.

How to crush onions

What we are going to do, as you can see in the video, will simply bend the rod. We would do it with the foot if it is on the ground, hence the name “stepping”, but in the case of terraces or potted gardens we do it with our hands. It is important to be careful not to break the stems.

Two weeks after walking on it, we can harvest our onions, dry them and store them. Be sure to check out the article on how to store onions and garlic, so that they last much longer and can be counted on for a long time.

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Onions are coming out of the ground, what to do?

One of the frequently asked questions is whether it is necessary to put more soil on our onions, because when the time comes before harvest, they start to come out of the ground. And no, it’s that it’s the process of this bulb, and so we have to accompany it, let it follow its own rhythm.


It is also important to take into account the support culture. we can make one onion companion crop with many other plants, like the rest of the family members alliumas well as with other vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, parsnips, beets, potatoes and many other vegetables, as well as medicinal and aromatic plants such as dill, parsley, mint and many ornamental plants and flowers.

You can also take a look at the tips for having better harvests, a post where we explain how to grow onions in natural form.

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