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planting last year's onions?

Posted by sandy0225 z5 Indiana (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 5, 05 at 10:26

I have some onions left over from last year which are sprouting now. I need to plant some onions, too. Can I just divide the sprouts up and plant them singly and get decent onions from the divisions? Or will they just bloom right away? Has anyone done this and what was the outcome? They were onions from sets (75%), and onions from seed (25%).

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RE: planting last year's onions?

Sets or seeds, doesn't matter. Both will go to seed very quickly. If you can live with some early large scallions, go ahead and plant them. They are great for that. I used to do that all the time before I accumulated such an abundance of perennial multipliers. However, I could never convince them to make another large bulb!


RE: planting last year's onions?

  • Posted by coho z8/9 N. Calif (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 8, 05 at 0:46

If you want to raise some seed, plant only one kind, preferably not a hybrid. Plant two kinds and you will get a cross. Of course, you never know what you will get then.

RE: planting last year's onions?

I have planted them in the past, I gave them their own bed and let them go to seed. I now get a continuous crop of green onion. I grow for farmers market so have source to get rid of them. Patty

RE: planting last year's onions?

I went ahead and planted them, guess what? blooms already forming! You were right. I liked Patty's idea about the perpetual onion bed though, I'm going to do that with them. Thanks for all the help...

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