Seed potatoes and Vidalia plants

shuffles_gwNovember 26, 2011

Shells in Tampa now has seed potatoes and Vidalia onion plants.

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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Picked up a set of onions from them yesterday! I think they have a newbie working there, I asked him if they had any Granex onion sets and he said no, all they had was Vidalia's ;-)

Tom

    Bookmark   November 26, 2011 at 5:17PM
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shuffles_gw

Yeah, most of the people working there don't know much. It is supposed to be a family business, but I haven't seen any of the family lately. A few years ago, I complained that the rape seed turned out to be turnips. That was beyond them. They also sell onion sets (bulbs). They have no idea that those will not make onions in this area. Anyway, we can educate each other. I hope you got the plants and not the sets. I am trying to remember. Maybe the plants are called slips. Or maybe that is only for sweet potato plants.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2011 at 5:31PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

They also sell onion sets (bulbs). They have no idea that those will not make onions in this area.

Sure they will, I buy the bulb sets every year and end up with wonderful baseball-sized onions. As long as you buy short-day sets (Granex) they'll start bulbing up in January, after the winter solstice is past the daylight starts getting longer.

Tom

    Bookmark   November 27, 2011 at 9:15AM
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shuffles_gw

Tom, I have never seen named varieties of onion sets in this area. In the past I have tried some unnamed sets and ended up with giant scallions in the spring. Shells usually has three varieties: red, white and yellow. You have had better luck than I. That is why I grow my own from seeds.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2011 at 11:35AM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

I should have said "bunches" instead of "sets". I hear bunches called sets here frequently so I guess I'm remiss, sorry.

Tom

    Bookmark   November 28, 2011 at 12:56PM
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shuffles_gw

Tom, I guess I should have said "bare root plants" rather than "slips". It seems like when I was growing up all bare root vegetable plants were generally called slips. I have never really thought much about it before. English can be an inexact language. No offense taken. My name is also Tom.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2011 at 4:34PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

It's all good Tom, we'll have our onions in a few months ;-)

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 7:20AM
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