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sharonl
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject: onion sets Reply with quote

Hi all,

I made a silly mistake last year and forgot to note which varieties of onions I put where and now I can't remember which ones I don't want to do again this year. I planted setton, sturon, red baron, and stuttgarter giant.

I know I don't want to bother with the reds again, they all bolted and were a nuisance, (easy to distinguish since they are red) but some of the white ones grew flatish which was annoying to prepare when cooking them and I don't want to do these again, the others were lovely big round white onions which I want to solely do this year. But.. I can't remember which ones were the flat ones so I don't do them again Confused I've looked at descriptions for all on the net and am getting conflicting info from different sources for all of them, some saying each type is round, others saying that same type is flat so I can't even find a definitive answer there.

Anybody know which ones were the round ones and which were flat?

sharon

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stuttgarter is the flattish type bulb and a poor keeper though an earlier maturer and more resistant to bolting. The others are globe types, better keepers but more likely to bolt.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know where to buy heat treated sets (mainly red but open to white)? DTseeds have them online but i'd prefer to buy them in a shop so i can check them firsthand.

(In North County Dublin by the way).
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based on my experience down here in W Cork, I've always had good results with Sturon for whites and, if you'd like to have a red variety, Hyred F1 has also performed well for me.

Obviously try to source them locally if you can but both are available from Dobies by mail order/on line if you have difficulties.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all. I usually get them in Johnstown garden centre or newlands cross, the whites anyway are usually heat treated and i've never had a problem with them bolting thankfully, but the reds, not gonna bother with them again.

Thanks again all
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