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What to do when onion leaves die back


 
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Shamrock
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:48 am    Post subject: What to do when onion leaves die back Reply with quote

My onion leaves have toppled over and are starting to die back, do I dig the onions now and can someone explain what I do next. Thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dig them up, let them dry out a bit in the sun then tie them up in a plait, and hang them in a cool airy place...they last for ages.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sort of echoing Sive.

"When the tops are beginning to turn yellow, bend over the necks of the plants; the leaves will gradually dry off; when the skin of the bulbs turn yellow, lift them gently and lay them out in the sun to dry off; turn them occasionally so that they ripen evenly."

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote when the skin of the bulbs turn yellow [/quote]

There red onions, do they need to treated any differently
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