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19/06/2012 at 13:07

Hello Everyone, I planted Red Onions from Sets at the end of March. Although they are well established, I have noticed a bud forming at the end of some stems. I am not sure if they are ready for pulling, as I have not gone below the soil to see how big they are. I planted Yellow Onions & Shallots at the same time, but there has been nothing forming on them so far. Is there anyone who can give some advice?  Thanks

19/06/2012 at 13:25

Flower stem?-remove it you do not want it wasting energy by flowering and producing seed.

There have been a lot of reports about this- its due mostly to the topsy-turvy weather

19/06/2012 at 13:41

Sounds like they are starting to flower. Have had the same problem myself. Use them first as they dont keep. Its all down to the weather.

19/06/2012 at 13:46

To give it its usual name, your onions are 'bolting'. Remove these flower buds and eat straight from the garden...they won't store.

Most common cause of 'bolting' is planting before the soil had warmed-up.

19/06/2012 at 15:16

About half of my red onions have now bolted - and soime of my shallots as well, which has never happened before!

19/06/2012 at 15:48
19/06/2012 at 16:15
Mine did the same pulled them up and used them as lager springs
19/06/2012 at 18:06

Thanks for all your help everyone, sounds like I'm not on my own. I will remove all the onions that have started to bud - there are only about 6 at the moment.

19/06/2012 at 18:21

Bob, just remove the flower stalk and  let them grow on until you need them, but remember to use them first come harvest time.

20/06/2012 at 08:12

Thanks for your advice. I will remove the buds, but leave the rest in place.

28/06/2012 at 19:41

likewise - I just nip off the buds as soon as I see them developing - onions still growing well

29/06/2012 at 10:22

Hi Angie, So far I have removed a single bud from 11 plants. I hope that that will be it, but with the current weather, I fear the rest are at risk.

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