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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 4:08 pm    Post subject: Trim onions? Reply with quote

Hi

I've some onions growing. They are doign great above ground, but do appear to still be very small beneath. So, I am a bit worried they will go to seed soon as a few already have the start of flower heads starting to climb up.

Can I trim them down and will they still grow decent onions? Or is there something else I can try?

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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to answer my own post, as I found the answer elsewhere and it may be helpful to others.

It would appear that I planted a bit early, before the last cold, and the war cold warm change has led the onions to bold. Trimming will not solve the problem.

Better to sow a little later and get a good rop, than risk loosing the lot.
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just let them grow and remove the seed head when it forms. Eat these first though as they won't store
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, will do that.

Problem is the bulbs are not gettign too big, but the stalks are.
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Problem is the bulbs are not gettign too big, but the stalks are.


I wonder did you supply them with excessive Nitrogen out of balance with the P & K to cause this burst of leaf but no bulb.
All nettle teas pehaps, or bloodmeal, or lawn fertiliser?

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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I recall correctly the only fertiliser is some manure mixed into the soil when dug. I had some fishblood in the section next to it, but they haven't been in the ground long enough for it to have washed that far apart.

I had three sets in for a spread harvest, so will see how the others 2 do. both too short to know yet.

Is it too late to sow another set do you think? They are in a polytunnel so good growth generally.
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi have a query , my shallots are starting to flower. Is this a problem? I grew loads last year and don't remember this happening. Thanks
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

onions that flower or bolt are the victims of sowing too early and or getting a good fine spell of weather followed by a cold spell. it is far too late to make a planting now. The bolting may also have been due to storing the sets in too warm a place before planting.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Michael.

I'll just have to wait until next year then I guess.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've had 7 onions go to seed so far. a lot of my onions look as though they're suffering from bull neck (thick neck)..i hope im wrong..
i hope they're just gona be massive onions!
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of my red onions have decided to bolt too. Must be down to some of the cooler nights we have had recently. My white onions are still doing fine though, no sign of flower heads. Yet!
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