Onion question

cassieinmass(6)April 23, 2009

Well, after just planting well over 100 onions in my garden, the UPS guy dropped off a box of onion sets! All the great varieties such as red, white and yellow. LOL! I ordered them months ago, and forgot about them. Now I planted the plants, and am stuck with like 300 onion sets...

My question is, can I save those sets for next summer? -Cass

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someguyinmaine

You can store onion sets at 34F for quite a long time. Don't let them freeze. I know that Egyptian onion bulbs will last a year in refrigeration, but I'm not sure if regular onions will last a whole year, though.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 6:20PM
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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

Or you could send some to me...lol =)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 6:55PM
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grandad_2003(9A/sunset 28)

Maybe you can plant some of the sets in large planter pots (or other areas) and harvest as green onions (or larger) while waiting for your other garden onions to produce. In December, I left about 70 extra onion plants in planter boxes and have used them for the last 2-3 months. All of the garden planted onions have just been harvested. However, the planter box onions (only about 20 left) are still growing and have small golf ball sized bulbs.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 3:27PM
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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

Is there a safe (no harm to plant, roots, bulb, etc.) way to see how large onion bulbs are getting? I know they get harvested when the plant part starts to die off, but that's about all I know.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 3:37PM
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grandad_2003(9A/sunset 28)

The size of the bulb should be visible above ground.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 4:46PM
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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

oh...ok...I wonder if I buried mine too much then? I just bought a bunch of them on the 19th (ones from seed didn't work.:-\ ). They are growing like mad and seem to be quite healthy. They are about 2 inches taller than this now. Should I remove some of the soil from around them?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 5:59PM
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hatchjon

Onions take a long time to finish (I'm growing one that takes 120 days). Do not panic! Your onions have only been planted for 6 days so you have a long time before they start to bulb. From the picture it does not look like you planted too deeply.

Jon

    Bookmark   April 25, 2009 at 2:15AM
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grandad_2003(9A/sunset 28)

Agree with Jon, your onions look fine. The Granex 33 in the picture above are at about the 120 day point, and they were completely harvested last week (around April 21).

    Bookmark   April 27, 2009 at 3:01PM
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