Pros and cons of harvesting onions early

MairzyZ5June 27, 2012

I know that onions "ripen" after 110+ days, and that they need to cure to be stored, but, as a new onion grower, can someone help me with the pros and cons of harvesting early? Sometimes I just want to grab a little onion from the garden and add it to my dinner. Are there good reasons to wait? Chemical or biological reasons to wait? Or is it okay to just go for it and enjoy them fresh?

Thanks!

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wertach zone 7-B SC

Just go for it and enjoy them fresh! They taste the same to me! But I'm no expert!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 12:59PM
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farmerdill

Concur, the only reason to wait until maturity, is that they can be stored for a period of time depending on the cultivar. Green onions need to be used immediately.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 4:22PM
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wolverine1012

Tagging along on this...

I know that some say that when your onions start to lay down by themselves, you can just bend over the tops of the rest. But is there any problem with lifting the onions at this point and starting the drying process (under cover)without waiting for the onions to dry in the field?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 4:26AM
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farmerdill

The maximum growth stage is when the onion plants start to bend over. as long as the leaves are good the onion is immature.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 8:03AM
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jolj(7b/8a)

I planted first multiplying onion in the Spring of 2011 & harvest in June(catalog said too). But this year my onions are still standing tall, so I am going to wait till the tops fall over.
But I want to see how long they will store.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 9:23PM
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MairzyZ5

Thanks, everyone! I have a few that are starting to get to a decent size, so I'll probably start eating fresh onions any day now.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 12:09PM
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