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When are onions mature enough to harvest


 
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therickmoister
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:38 pm    Post subject: When are onions mature enough to harvest Reply with quote

I sat 200 onion sets in late march just started to use them for cooking .I am just wondering when how will I know when they are mature enough to harvest and store
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the first sign of maturity is the stems and leaves bend over and begin to turn yellow and brown. The bulb turns yellow or red as the case may be and they lose their grip in the ground and are easily pulled. The bulb is firm and the bulbs should be lifted and roots turned up towards the sun. Place in a dry airy place away from rain and when they are fully dried and have a rustly sound as they are moved it is time to store them. After they have dried they should never become wet again as this encourages re-sprouting.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael, I had the exact same question in mind to ask here today!
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