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    Default Should I water my onions often?

    Do onions prefer dry conditions or should I water every 2 or 3 days?

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    They won't like it if the soil dries out (at least, not until they are just about ready for harvest, but that'll be a while yet!). Equally watering little and often may not be very efficient as the water does not penetrate deeply into the soil so it evaporates more quickly - not to mention using up more of your time! A good drench once a week or so is better than a little bit every couple of days, but you only really need to do even that if it hasn't rained in a while (I can say that because my soil is clayey, if yours is sandy then you may need to water a little more). My onions have not been watered since the day they were planted and are very healthy and happy.
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    I have only watered mine twice I think. I thought someone on here told me that they can cope with tough conditions ?
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    They won't like it if the soil dries out (at least, not until they are just about ready for harvest, but that'll be a while yet!) Equally watering little and often may not be very efficient as the water does not penetrate deeply into the soil so it evaporates more quickly - not to mention using up more of your time! A good drench once a week or so is better than a little bit every couple of days, but you only really need to do even that if it hasn't rained in a while - I can say that because my soil is clayey, if yours is sandy then you may need to water a little more - but it is important to remember that onions are a staple crop even in countries where rainfall is unreliable. My onions have not been watered since the day they were planted and are very healthy and happy.
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    er, not sure what happened there, seem to have posted twice lol - oops
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    good advice given twice...two for the price of one, Thanks!!

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    My autumn planted onions are doing very well and are starting to swell, I haven't watered at all mainly because I think that once you start you have to keep it up. I have always been of the opinion that if you bring your plants up tough they will seek the water that they need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gojiberry View Post
    My autumn planted onions are doing very well and are starting to swell, I haven't watered at all mainly because I think that once you start you have to keep it up. I have always been of the opinion that if you bring your plants up tough they will seek the water that they need.

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    My sentiments as well Ian.

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