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I regularly sowed onion seed over xmas holidays with good results.  However, over past couple of years I have used sets.  sets are ok but not really as good, I think.  I have now ordered onion PLANTS to be delivered in early spring.  Im hoping they will be as good as my seed sown ones but better than sets.  not too bothered really about growing huge onions but i understand plants are usually stronger, healthier and more resistant to bolting etc., than sets.  Buying plants will save me the bother of sowing seed, etc.  opinions please? 

sotongeoff

It depends on how much they cost you and how much bother you attach to sowing seeds

There is just something a bit more satisfyng about growing something from start to finish is how I would look at it

Not sure about the bolting theory

Busy-Lizzie

I always grow sets, except once when the GC ran out of red onion sets so I bought plants. I think they were Red Baron. I didn't notice any difference at all in the result. I think onions must like it in France as they usually grow very well. I plant sets in early April and they are ready before the end of July and they keep until the following early summer.

A lad In I agree about the satisfaction in sowing seed. I'm growing Kelsea onions that would prob cost ??3 plus as seed. The plants are ??9 plus. Sets not available, I think. Never had onions from seed bolt but have had such issues with sets. Plants should behave as seed sown ones?? Always experimenting and trying stuff so will compare plants with sets and seed this year.
Seeds ??3 plus. Plants ??9 plus

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This flipping iPad... Three pounds plus for seed. Nine pounds plus for plants. If this comes out wrong I'm going to bed.
sotongeoff

Chunky thumbs to day Verdun?-guessing £3 plus for seeds- £9 plus for plants?

Yep. Happy Xmas a lad in
chilli lover

Geoff I can't keep up with your aliases!

sotongeoff

Everyday a new one-but still none of my disguises fool anybody

chilli lover

To be frank a lad in I can only tell by the number of forum posts!!

sotongeoff

Oh my golly gosh-I need help

Oakley Witch
Ahh. This info is good. I have used sets for the past 6 years and they always bolt and i dont get many. I always thought I was just a crap onion grower lol. Whens best to plant seeds then?
Sam, sow seed over Xmas holidays for maximum growth. Boxing day is traditional day for it. So, get your seed now.
Oakley Witch
Verdun wrote (see)
Sam, sow seed over Xmas holidays for maximum growth. Boxing day is traditional day for it. So, get your seed now.

Thanks for the heads up...I will do. I just need to get rid of the wireworm in the garden. They are NOT gettin onions for a second year! Grrrrrrrr 

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Hi all, I too have been advised to grow my onions from seed that have been sown over Christmas as they are less likely to bolt. I have been recommended Bedfordshire seeds,as usual any futher advice appreciated.

Sowing seed is best. Sowing over Xmas s ideal. Bedfordshire Is very good. I think Kelsea is best producing large mild onions.

I was given 5 kelsea to try out this past season, did ok, but didnt keep well.What is the best compost to grow the seeds in? 

Ordinary multipurpose compost will do but I usually mix in some perlite. To keep well onions need good sunshine in late summer to ripen bulbs. When the tops start to flop I lift them, clean loose skins and place on boards slightly raised above the soil and cover with cloche slightly raised and open ended. I turn onions then as often as possible. All this I TRY to do if I remember and have time. When I do it I have onions that store very well.

Hi very interesting thread I'd really appreciate some more info please, if growing onions from seed sown at christmas time, what temperatures are you using for germination and what conditions and where /  how long do you keep the seedlings before planting them outside. Thanks in advance Norm