2nd time for onions - they're forming seed pods!

marti8aApril 23, 2011

I bought sets and planted in February (in Texas) and they have started sending up seed pods. They're not supposed to do that are they? We've had really strange weather this spring, with a lot of hot days already. What will this do to the onions?

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If you actually planted sets ( the small dry bulbs)They tend to bolt rapidly. In the south used mostly as green onions. Plants in zone 8, also tend to bolt when planted in late winter or spring but not to the extent of sets. Short day onions winter grown are our main crop. Its harvest time.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 5:35PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

The master gardener , Farmerdill, spoke.
The bottomline is that you cannot do anything about it.
Cutting the flower budd/stem may haelp a bit. Even then you are not going to get decent onions. My short experience tells me that they will rot soon. So, you should used them within a couple of months from harvest.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 10:53PM
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Thank you both. If it's not raining in the morning, I'll cut off the flower stem and see if they are ready to dig. I read one Q & A that said to leave them in the ground if they start to flower and they will multiply next year. True or false?

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 12:33AM
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False, because in your climate they will rot. Next year, use seedlings instead of sets and you will get a much nicer crop.
You also can diversify into other onions, like multipliers, shallots and nest onions, which do well when handled as perpetual perennials.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 8:45AM
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Where do you get seedlings? All I've ever seen in stores are called sets - small bulb with short, green tops.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2011 at 7:16PM
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MARTI Google dixondale farms. They are in Texas.GOOD LUCK TO YA!!! YOPPER

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 10:44AM
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