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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #30 on: January 13, 2017, 17:42 »
In a perfect world, yes, it's a bit early to sow, but so many things can go wrong. In fact, my santero and globo sown on 1 Jan haven't germinated yet in my propagator. They never take this long. Very strange. New seed from Dobies.
One of the advantages with starting early is no shows can be overcome with another sowing of different seed. It's a form of insurance, and a lesson learnt from parsnip seeds. If they don't appear in the next week, I shall be buying new and chitting.


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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #31 on: January 17, 2017, 07:21 »
What size modules do I use?  I have 40 in a tray 4cm x4cm  and 15 in a tray 7cm x 7cm.  Too small and two big?

I guess I can use the smaller trays for shallots, but are they ok for onions?

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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #32 on: January 17, 2017, 08:39 »
The smaller ones will be fine to start onions in.  Mine are in a seed tray and get transplanted to modules that can't be much different in size.

They don't need huge pots, just regular liquid feeds as they stay in the compost for a while. Any general purpose feed for veg will do  :)

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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #33 on: January 17, 2017, 17:21 »
hi all,  advice please I sowed a tray of Sturon onion seed on 8 January and they seemed to show signs of life quite quickly, the second lot sown on 9 Jan took longer.  neither are as prolific as previous years, and the second tray shows very little signs of life and mainly at one end.  Wondering if room is not hot enough to have kick started seeds, 1 or 2 are quite tall now.  Should I resow?  I also sowed Ailsa Craig on the same days, 1 tray of each, and the 1st of those is showing well but later than Sturon, and the 2nd has almost none showing yet.   
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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2017, 18:57 »
Onions germinate as low as 5C so i doubt if it's the room conditions. Too hot is a bigger issue with onions. I'm inclined to think it's more likely to be seed viability with onions. Storage conditions need to be stringent (freezer or at least refrigerator).

There's been many a recent discussion about the quality (age) of seed available generally as it appears there's only 2 sources for seed companies. If's it's a bad batch for one, then it's likely to be wide-spread.

Luckily, it's not too late to re-sow.
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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #35 on: January 17, 2017, 19:50 »
I've had the worst germination ever this year. Next to nothing with 2 separate varieties, but the same supplier. Looking as if I'm going to have to resow with what seeds I can get locally in the next week.

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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #36 on: January 20, 2017, 18:06 »
Bedford champion and some more Santero in the sprouter today for chitting to make sure the pesky blighters actually germinate before sowing. Not what I would want, but I've lost confidence in my onion seeds this year.
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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #37 on: January 21, 2017, 10:26 »
I haven't been able to find the deep trays, so bought some new ones yesterday (1.99 each in B&M). Once holes have been made in them: Mr Sunny has volunteered his services here but if he lags behind the need to satisfy these itchy fingers, I shall be getting out the old screwdriver and heating it up on the cooker to do the job.

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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #38 on: January 21, 2017, 14:32 »
I sowed 48 paper modules (a la richie) of Bedfordshire Champion on Jan 1st, most were showing in 14 days and only 3 haven't shown at all, (but I have reseeded them), and all seem to be doing ok, (atm), time will tell. Is baby bio a good liquid feed or should I make some up with the horse manure I collected yesterday? Thanks, arh.

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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #39 on: January 21, 2017, 14:54 »
I've used Baby Bio before and they seemed to like it  :)

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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #40 on: January 21, 2017, 15:59 »
I've used Baby Bio before and they seemed to like it  :)

My brother swears by Baby Bio for all sorts, and if the onions you grow New Shoot are anything to go by, they thrive on it for sure!

 I use the cheap liquid vegetable feed from B&M and that seems to be OK too

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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #41 on: January 21, 2017, 16:23 »
Thank you both, one bottle of baby grow coming up, :D, arh.

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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #42 on: January 28, 2017, 08:53 »
Mine are getting pricked out into small modules this weekend.  I will have to shift some houseplants to other areas, but I reckon I can fit the lot onto the kitchen windowsill.  Tinfoil reflectors will also be installed.

They will graduate to the blowaway inside the greenhouse, once I'm sure these really cold frosty nights are done with.

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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #43 on: January 31, 2017, 21:04 »
So I got my onions sown today in the poly tunnel. Hopefully the extra heat in there will get them away. It is unheated but these things don't take long to warm up when the sun gets on it. I will cover them up at night with bubble wrap and insulation material to try and keep the heat in the compost. Four varieties Zebrune, golden bear, Red Amposte and long red Florence .

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Re: Onions from seed - 2017
« Reply #44 on: February 05, 2017, 17:55 »
Sown Bedfordshire Champion, Alisa Craig & an Italian one, all nowresiding in the propagator in the unseated conservatory. I've not plugged the propagator in either, & since I hadn't warmed the compost I poured boiling water over it before I started



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