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Pros and cons of harvesting onions early

Posted by MairzyZ5 none (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 27, 12 at 12:06

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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RE: Pros and cons of harvesting onions early

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


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RE: Pros and cons of harvesting onions early

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.


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RE: Pros and cons of harvesting onions early

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?


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RE: Pros and cons of harvesting onions early

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


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RE: Pros and cons of harvesting onions early

  • Posted by jolj 7b/8a-S.C.USA (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 28, 12 at 21:23

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.


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RE: Pros and cons of harvesting onions early

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.


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