Growing my own onion seed
I want to have my own strain of onions. The problem is getting the seed to make at the correct time.
First, I planted the little onion bulbs you buy and plant in the fall. Following spring, most bolted and made seed before bulbing, so I tossed them out.
This year, I planted started plants that I bought in bundles. Planted these on New Year's Day. Most of the Reds either bolted, or did not make a bulb. I do have a few good bulbs, but how do I store them until next spring? That's a long way off.
The 1015Y onion did best, but I read that you should plant it October 15th. Are they talking about planting seeds on Oct. 15th, or planting back the bulbs that I just dug up?
From what I read, I should not use seed from a plant that bolted, because I would just be re-enforcing a bad trait (onion is a bi-annual).
Basically, I want to plant seeds, harvest onions, plant the best ones back so those can make seeds. I just can't get the timing down.
I live in NE Texas and am dealing with short day onions if that is important.
I know onion seed is cheap. I know onions are cheap. If I didn't know, I have a wife who reminds me on an almost daily basis. It is a personal challenge kind of thing.
Thanks for any help,