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Overwintering Onions problem ??


 
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dormouse
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:02 am    Post subject: Overwintering Onions problem ?? Reply with quote

I planted Radar sets in November. They appear to be doing well with about 5 or 6 inches of nice green shoots. But when I looked closer at the sets poking just above the soil they all appear to be soft, as if they are rotting away inside.
I've read both that it could be some sort of rot but also that the plant is just using up the energy store in the set right now and will bulk up later in the year.
So do you think this normal or should I dig them out?
Thanks a lot for any advise, it's my first time growing onions.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is a very good question and a challenge. If the sets are still green then they are healthy. It is normal for sets to go soft as they are growing, using up the stored energy t o develop roots and shoots. Sets should not be buried in the soil just pressed into the surface. Don't disturb them now just scrape back some of the soil and let them grow away.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a relief, I'll do just that. Thanks Michael
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