flowering walla wallas?

toad_ca(z7b Bellingham, WA)June 26, 2008

I planted walla walla onion starts a couple of months ago. Two of them have just formed the start of small flowers (still green and unopened) on stop of the stalks. The others haven't. Do I need to cut these off or harvest the onions quickly? I've never grown onions before so I'm totally in the dark.

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reba_nc(z 7)

You might as well pull up those two and eat them. As far as I know onions will not form bulbs once they try to flower.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 11:19PM
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susaneden(5)

Onions will still form bulbs if they flower, but they will not keep, so you wiill need to eat them soon after pulling.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2008 at 9:25AM
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toad_ca(z7b Bellingham, WA)

Thank you both.
I read that I'm supposed to "cure" them in the sun for a week after pulling. Is that correct? What does that do for them?

    Bookmark   June 29, 2008 at 11:02AM
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aka_peggy(Central Md 6b)

Hi Toad, good to see you!

Pull your onions up on a sunny day if you can, then let them sit in the sun for another day or so to dry (in hot climates this usually takes just a few hours). This drying kills the root system at the bottom of each bulb. The roots will be like little brittle wires when they're dry.

After drying the onions in the open for a day or so, it's time to bring them under cover for a second, longer drying or "curing" process.

To cure the onions, spread them out in any warm, airy place out of the sun, such as on a porch. Onions are ready to store when the skins rattle and the roots are dry and wiry.

I grew a few walla walla's myself this year. They're so sweet!

Enjoy em!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2008 at 5:50AM
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