Long day/short night or late varieties are not suitable for the tropics but short day, early varieties may be grown anywhere in Australia. Direct-sown seed must be weeded and thinned — sowing seedlings and transplanting is often easier! If sowing into punnets, transplant the seedlings when they are about half as thick as a pencil, planting them no more than 2.5cm deep. It’s essential to keep onions weed free. Bulbs are mature when stems die down; dry well before storing. Shallots are multiplying onions - these onions will produce offsets as well as the primary bulbs increasing in size. Replant some offsets for the next crop.