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28/07/2013 at 17:24

This Year I bought in onion plants instead of sowing my own seed or buying sets.  So far, they look very good.  Think they will make bigger onions than sets.  The real test will be in September when they're harvested and then how they keep over winter.  Anybody use plants this year?

29/07/2013 at 14:27

Well I guess the answer's no then!

29/07/2013 at 14:46

The onions I overwintered from sets were a disaster. 7 survived out of a net full. The ones I grew from seed sown in Feb caught them up and overtook them.

Kelsae are going to be whoppers and still growing.. There are some now that must be a pound each.

Red Mammoth are bulbing up nicely.  Bedfordshire champion are a good medium size and the tops are starting to bend over. I don't anticipate buying any onions for the rest of this year.

The remainder of last years leeks  are flowering nicely and the bumble bees love them.

29/07/2013 at 21:39

Verdun...I grew from sets and planted out early.

The red onions were disappointing and began to bolt so were harvested early. Better result with white onions but I've harvested those early to plant out bulb fennel, a second harvest of beetroot and winter veg. The onions ranged in size, are eye wateringly strong and drying out nicely.

Won't be buying any more onions till at least December.  

01/08/2013 at 20:18

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 The mug is a standard half pinter.

01/08/2013 at 21:07

Yes Kelsea have always been best for me too.  You're beating me for size. In the veg plot come September theres no better sight than golden brown ripening onions spread out in the sun.

09/09/2013 at 08:02

The harvest is in.

overwintering onions- not enough to make a salad. I won't bother again.

Bedfordshire champion ready mid August. Good cooking onion, reasonable sze bulbs.

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 Mammoth red, lifted end of August, large bulbs.

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 The kelsae. Lifted 8th September. 21 bulbs around 2lb each, and 30 or so  over a lb.

largest bulb, 2lb 12 oz.

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 Its ben a good year for onions. All onions planted from seed at the same time in February, and planted out on the same day. The entire onion bed was treated the same.

09/09/2013 at 09:00

Fidget, the Kelsea look great . 

Mine have been good too.....however had a couple that were bit soft.  Grew my carrots too close,to onions and the foliage was so tall it covered some of the onions.

So. I bought onion PLANTS in spring.  First time.  I always sow seed or buy sets.  Verdict is very good.  Large onions, no seed sowing and,pricking out.  Now to see how well they keep over winter.

09/09/2013 at 10:00

Cost of plants as opposed to packet of seed.? I dont prick out. I space the seeds 2 inch apart in deep trays(polystyrene fish boxes) and grow them there until they go in final position.

 were the plants you bought in , module grown, or sent as wrapped bare roots.?

I had one plant that has sent up a flower head.

 I look at seedlings in the garden centre, but mine are usually more advanced at that stage.  Also with bought in plants , i worry about bringing in diseases. My mums next door neighbour has an allotment, but he gets white rot in his onions every year,  even with rotating the site.

09/09/2013 at 12:38

Hiya fidget.  They were quite large plants, not bare root.  They started to grow almost as soon as planted. They have produced hefty bulbs

They avoided all fuss of seed sowing etc.  I will check it out but I think they were about   £9 for a hundred plus postage. usually I sow a couple of trays that take up space then prick out taking even more space. If they keep well over winterI will do same next spring. ,certainly better than sets so far.

16/01/2014 at 16:53

I have always bought bare rooted plants, but have had a few issues in the last couple years, late delivery from supplier. Then this year they stopped supplying so having my 1st go growing these from seed, but not feeling that confident

16/01/2014 at 18:17

If sowing from seed then earlier the better if you want decent size onions.

I have had great success with seed but I have a GH full of plants, a conservatory the same, a temporary polytunnel jam packed, plants covered with fleece and pots galore in the garden so sowing onions from seed will take up more space.   Onion plants again this year I think

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