Hydra Onion Uses in Your Garden

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The Hydra Onion plant is a member of the onion family that can grow up to six feet tall and be found growing in fields, swamps and other moist areas in most parts of the world. The Hydra onion thrives best in warm conditions and can tolerate temperatures of up to seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit. Because of their low water demands, they are considered drought tolerant and can be found in many parts of the United States and Canada. Because they are naturally resistant to many diseases, they are used as organic fertilizers and are often used for herbicide-free gardening. In fact, they are being widely applied as organic pesticides as well, which makes them one of the most effective weapons against insects, including the deadly wasps and hornets.

The Hydra onion plant grows on stems that have been kept short during shipping or when young. As it matures it will reach its full size, approximately four feet tall, but will rarely ever grow more than two feet. The branches of the Hydra onion plant are bushy and will reach up to ten feet in height. The leaves are white and purple in color with red dots on them, and the flowers are purple and appear as if they are blooming. The hydra onion is a fairly easy plant to cultivate and is commonly found in a variety of locations, including field edges, sidewalks, roadsides, along fences and walls, and anywhere there is an adequate source of water.

The Hydra onion's wide variety of uses makes it very popular in the home garden as well as in landscape and lawn design. It can provide protection from wind and damage during dry days by blocking the wind from entering the structure of the flower or plant stem. It is also beneficial to keep it away from lawn mower blades. This is due to its bitter taste, which may deter certain people from attempting to use a lawn mower on the flower or vegetable stem. If you do choose to use a mower on the flower or vegetable stem, the high acidic content of its juice will discourage most insects, causing them to abandon their quest to steal the harvest.

If you would like to include this decorative flower in your garden, you should be aware that it takes quite some time to grow. It usually starts out as a fawn color when just starting out and turns a deeper red color with time. It will produce a crop one year and bloom then drop off in the following year, resulting in a loss of about sixty percent of its original weight. However, this does not deter gardeners from growing these plants, as it is considered to be a perennial and once planted will continue to bloom for years to come.

To ensure that this plant's blooms remain vibrant, you will need to make sure the soil is packed with compost prior to planting it. During the summer months you should water the plants thoroughly to prevent drying out, and you should try to mulch the plants after the last frost. The blooms will drop off rather quickly, but this does result in a loss of much of the coloration of the plant. It is possible, however, to save a piece of each flower's petals and use them on a variety of dishes such as salads, sandwiches, and pizza crusts. Since this plant produces little or no seeds, it does not affect the seeds found in other plants.

This type of onion grows best in full sun, so you should begin to garden it in the spring when the soil is at its most fertile. The soil should be firm but not loose. The main difference between a garden grown using this type of onion and a garden grown with other types is that onion farmers are able to control what goes into their gardens. They will harvest the tops of the plants and discard the rest. You will have to do the harvesting yourself using sharp scissors and onion knives.