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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:27 pm    Post subject: onions softening Reply with quote

hi i harvest onions about 6 weeks ago, i left them drying for about 2-3 weeks then i strung them, ive hung them from the rafters of my garage, over the last week ive noticed they are starting to soften a little, bit worried now, should i just dice them up and freeze them, not sure exactly what happened that would make them this way, the garage is dry, not a lot of light only 1 small window
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

did they go to seed before pullong
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the reply, they had buds on them a few months ago, i pulled the buds off, they never flowered
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the centre stem was firm from when they grew flower buds
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok thats your problem when they bolted and started to flower these onions the will not keep over winter, Possible causes of flowering a cold spell earlier in the year puts them under stress and they decide to flower to reproduce, Lack of water (Shouldnt be a problem this year or a hot spell)
So, how do you keep onions from bolting? Do not let onions flower! Protect your plants from early season cold spells by covering them. Keep your plants well watered during prolonged hot or dry spells, the evaporation of surface water will help cool the air around your plants. The best way to keep onions from bolting is to keep them from getting stressed.

Do not let onions flower is often easier said than done, but there are a few things that might help. Use larger sets for green onions. You'll harvest them before they have a chance to bolt. For larger onions, try growing from seed. As soon as you see an onion has flower buds, snip them off to prevent the bulb from splitting and harvest and eat those first. Onions that have bolted don't store well.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chop them up asap and freeze them.
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