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Post your trick on growing big tasty onions

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Samsonator, Mar 30, 2017.

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Seeds or sets?

  1. Seeds

    4 vote(s)
    44.4%
  2. Onion sets

    5 vote(s)
    55.6%
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    Samsonator

    Samsonator Well-Known Member

    I thought it would it would be cool if people posted their personal secret for growing onions. Whether seed or set, organic or super phosphate, I'd like to hear it!

    I don't have much to share (hence the reason for starting the thread), but last year I discovered the importance of putting your onion seedlings outside to harden off before transplant. They were yellow and flopped over, I didn't think putting them outside would be smart, but a wise elderly Irish woman told me otherwise and they came back pretty quick once I did.
     
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    dandyrandy

    dandyrandy Well-Known Member

    Buy the right cultivar for the area you live. I buy Candy onion plants. Day neutral.
     
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    Carolina Dream'n

    Carolina Dream'n Well-Known Member

    Plant when cool. Green tops form in the cold, onion bulbs form in the heat. If your tops aren't big your onions won't be either.
     
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    NaturalFarmer

    NaturalFarmer Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Mar 31, 2017
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    Samsonator

    Samsonator Well-Known Member

    That's one frustrating part of my onions. Nice healthy tops usually, but maybe not bulky enough before they start putting on mass downstairs.
     
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    Carolina Dream'n

    Carolina Dream'n Well-Known Member

    My tops will be 2-3 ft tall by the end of the season.
     
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    weedhead24

    weedhead24 Well-Known Member

    if you can get access to badass rare varieties that taste better will do . I grown sets and or seeds . I love seeds better more onions
     
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    weedhead24

    weedhead24 Well-Known Member

    Im a onion freak . I got 4 kinds of onion seeds those bunching onions purplish easiest growing than the others . I got a rare kind from baker creek seeds . I got red onions globe kind and some other kind .They grow wild . once they get going good size . I love growing onions and eating them with certain stuff . You got to wait till harvest . I highly recommend just clay soil . Till the dirt and its packed with nutrients .They will do great most times. When you sow seed throw some save most so if they don't pull through sow more
     
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    ANC

    ANC Well-Known Member

    Just fuck onions. Have given up trying to grow them
     
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    weedhead24

    weedhead24 Well-Known Member

    don't give up . You can do it . Just use ground soil till the ground and sow . Keep it moist or they could die on you cause there babies they need to be nurtured you see
     
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    ANC

    ANC Well-Known Member

    I baby the buggers and after 2 months I only grow some chives,
     
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    ROOSTERMAN

    ROOSTERMAN Well-Known Member

    Not a onion fan, but I still grow a few kinds anyway

    Plant early
    Plenty of water
    Plenty of nitrogen

    Harvesting at the right time helps taste and storage big time just something you have to learn for yourself as varity climate conditions have such a big difference
     
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    weedhead24

    weedhead24 Well-Known Member

    it takes more patience dear friend . Try to hang in there and it will yield you full grown onions but it takes time .An before you know it harvest time will come around
     
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    ANC

    ANC Well-Known Member

    Naah it gets too hot and dry here in summer. I literally get a few scraggly leaves with virtually no bulb formation.
    Great conditions for growing aubergines, but they taste like off cunt.
     
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    weedhead24

    weedhead24 Well-Known Member

    onions love shade and moisture .They like cool airflow . They are getting too much sun .Is what it sounds like you can do it . I know you can
     
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    Heil Tweetler

    Heil Tweetler Well-Known Member

    Anyone grown Allium oschaninii / gray or griselle shallots? I bought sets a few times and turned them to mush. I've grown some dank music variety garlic but no other alliums.
     
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    ANC

    ANC Well-Known Member

    luckily onions are cheap as fuck, I'd rather grow fruit, those are getting crazy expensive.
     
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    SensiPuff

    SensiPuff Well-Known Member

    How do you know when onions are ready to harvest? I've got 2 rows of 15 onions looking pretty healthy.
    Started from the mini onion bulbs. White onion
     
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    SensiPuff

    SensiPuff Well-Known Member

    Growing em next to my chem plants haha
     
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    A.K.A. Overgrowem

    A.K.A. Overgrowem Well-Known Member

    Tie the tops in a knot late in the cycle, a spurt of growth I'm told.
    The power went off I made a gallant effort. Yesterday was hatch day, 0 chicks. If I locate some nice eggs I will change my mind but today, your icon sucks. :finger:
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2017

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