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Onion sets not growing

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 13:28

Actually, I just checked the bulbs again and not only have they indeed shrunk a bit and gone soft, they now appear to be deeper in the soil. I barely poked them into the surface of well-turned soil in February, and they now appear to be the best part of 2" down!

Onion sets not growing

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 13:00

Thanks for the replies.

Having not grown onions before (I tried a couple of times with seed but they never grew), I thought I'd try sets, and the packet said they grow in 90s days. I assumed the bulbs grow along with the rest of the plant so thought something was wrong when they hadn't grown at all in six weeks, and the bulbs were a bit squidgy. I did heavily water the planter the day before, so maybe I over-watered them?

The shoots seem OK to me, a nice bright green. They don't get the best of sun, especially in the mornings, so I'm not sure if that will affect things.

Having planted the sets at the end of February, when is it likely I'll be pulling them up? I'd assumed they'd be ready by June, when I intended to replace them in the planter with tomato plants, which I have still in a mini propagator starting to sprout their first foliage after the cotyledons. It looks like I'll have to find a plan-B for the tomatoes.

Lilys growing already?

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 11:41

Mine are now up to 20" tall. I'm hoping it'll be a repeat of last year's surprisingly tall 6' lilies.

I notice a few have disappeared though, so I don't know what happened to the bulbs over winter. But there are new ones, where I assume old bulbs have split into two plants.

Onion sets not growing

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 11:37

I planted some red onion sets at the end of February and have watched the shoots appear and now grow to about 6-8" tall.

All looked good until I carefully removed the soil around one of the bulbs this morning to see how big they've grown so far, and was disappointed to find it hadn't grown at all, and it feels a bit soft.

I tried a couple of others and they're the same, yet the shoots are still growing. Any ideas what's gone wrong? It was my first attempt at onion sets.

Lilys growing already?

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 09:10

I'm in London and mine started breaking the surface a couple of week ago, in shaded soil. They're now about 2-4" tall.

I also thought it was a bit early.

Tomato seeds and seedlings

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 09:02

Sorry to hijack the thread, but I planted a few tomato seeds in a small seed tray with a clear plastic lid last month and the first shoot appeared a week ago. It was growing well for a few days but then the cotyledons just shrivelled-up, one night leaving a perfectly intact stem.

At first I thought something ate them, but this was kept inside and there are no slugs in the soil. The cotyledons just seemed to decay and after a few more days there's literally nothing left of them, only the stem, which is still standing.

Any idea what went wrong, and I take it the stem will not grow into a proper plant now, even though it's so-far showed no signs of dying?

Once the shoot appeared, I took to taking the lid off during the day and leaving the tray by a window for more light, then putting the lid on again at night. One night, I put the lid back on with the cotyledons looking very healthy, the following morning I took it off and they were completely shrivelled.

Last edited: 20 March 2017 09:09:11

Gladioli seeds

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:47

I have gladioli in my garden that are more or less at the end of the season now. The ones that flowered first have long lost their petals and the flower heads (16 on some plants) have swollen into big pods.

Are these gladioli seeds, and if so, are they likely to grow into new plants in the average London garden? How long does it take to go from a seed to a full new plant?

In the past, I've just cut the dead stalks down as soon as they turn brown, but perhaps I could have been harvesting these pods and growing new gladioli.

When to pick carrots?

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 20:45

I planted Jeanette F1 carrots exactly three months ago and the ones that actually grew (not many of the last of three attempted batches of 100 I planted) are starting to poke out of the top of the soil with dark tops but orange roots beneath soil level. The tops are still healthily green

Do I need to pick them at any particular point or can I leave them in the ground all summer until I want them?

Will they just continue to grow bigger or do they reach a certain size and then just sit in the soil without growing any more?

This is my first year growing carrots. I also planted onion seeds but for some reason not one of three attempted batches grew.

Rosemary beetles

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 22:16

It's typical how things work. I was in the garden this afternoon and there were quite a few ladybirds on the gladioli. Then there was a very heavy bout of rain. It was only after that I went out to move them to a black aphid infestation on a potted plant and there was only one ladybird left. The others must have been blasted off, but hopefully they'll climb back up the gladioli if it's dry tomorrow.

Anyway, the one that was left literally walked off my finger onto a stem covered in aphids and instantly started eating them before its hind legs were off my finger. Must have made its day!

Rosemary beetles

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 18:08

The bush is in a corner and is about 6 feet tall, so I can't really use a hose without the water going onto two other neighbours' gardens, which I'm sure they'd find rude. Also, if I blasted them vertically onto the ground around the base I'm sure they'd climb straight back up.

I have some lilies next to the bush and have noticed a few rosemary beetles living on the lilies recently. Them, along with black vine weevils and red lily beetles - and tons of ladybird larvae. I assume ladybirds don't do any harm to lilies or gladioli? The larvae were all black with yellow dots. The adults I've seen have been mainly red with black spots but a few black ones with yellow spots too.

Last edited: 14 June 2016 18:09:49

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