Almost everyone loves onions. And when you grow them yourself, you get the most tender, sweet ones possible. The sweetest onions don't last long in storage, but because of their mild flavor they're great raw in salads or as a topper for grilled or cooked dishes. Storage onions are more pungent but develop a sweeter flavor when cooked.

Green onions, also called scallions or spring onions, are just immature bulbing onions that are harvested early. Leave them in the ground and they'll develop into regular onions.

Shallots are an onion relative with mild flavor and smaller bulbs. To ensure formation of large bulbs, plant shallots early in the season and grow the correct type for your area. Grow long-day types in the North and short-day types in the South, or plant intermediate-day types anywhere. Start onions from seed, transplants, or "sets" -- bundles of tiny immature onions.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
4-24 inches tall
Plant Width:
1-5 inches wide