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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:01 am    Post subject: Onions Reply with quote

I have sown onions for the first time this year. I am told that I should bend over the stalks at some stage to help develop the onion size. Is this true and if so when should this be done. Also can anyone tell me if the stalks are edible ?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Onions Reply with quote

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I have sown onions for the first time this year. I am told that I should bend over the stalks at some stage to help develop the onion size. Is this true?


Yes, it helps.

Once your onions display swelled bulbs and stems beginning to yellow and topple (at about 18 weeks), then they are close to harvest. This can be encouraged along by manually bending over the stems once the leaves start to yellow.

After a further two weeks you can begin on a dry day to carefully lift your crop with a hand fork. Lift them completely out of the soil onto trays, boards or some other dry surface that allows them season through sunlight and air movement. Any bulbs that are damaged or soft should be discarded, whilst all bulbs with thick necks or those which produced flower stems/heads should be used the kitchen first as they will be useless for storage purposes.

Taken from my piece here......... Onion growing from sets - Onions how to grow, tips, varieties, cooking.

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Also can anyone tell me if the stalks are edible ?


Yes they are edible when standing upright, but a bit tough.
Of course once you bend them over then they start to dieback, so I would avoid eating them at that time.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks for that James
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I disagree, I would not bend them over as i believe it can cause neck rot and the onions go soft during storage.
I lift them with a fork and alllow them die back on the ground before storage, this year with all the wet weather i think Ill lift them and move them to shelter to dry off before storing.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am with greengage on this one. In previous years I have bent back the stalks, but last year I didn't to see if it would make much of a difference and it didn't appear to make any difference. This year I am going to leave them as they are untill I dig them up, I usually dry them out in a shed and they seem to last very well.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My usual method is to bend em, leave em, lift em, leave em, then dry em with their bulbs elevated. Has worked perfect for the past 10 years.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Onions Reply with quote

James Kilkelly, was GPI. wrote:

all bulbs with thick necks or those which produced flower stems/heads should be used the kitchen first as they will be useless for storage purposes.


Idea Don't forget you can also make onion marmalade and onion chutney - I'll throw a few recipes on the forum later.

Thanks for the advice on when to bend, I think I was doing it too high

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