Onion problems

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Steeplejohn

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Onion problems
« on: August 27, 2021, 16:04 »
I'm new to allotment gardening.  last October I planted some white (Radar) and (Red Baron) onion sets.  They have grown fairly well in places, but some bolted and others seem to have grown the stems from the root area, and not from the top of the onion.  The latter makes the onion misshapen by leaving a "V" notch in the side.  My soil is quite sandy and has been watered well, but somewhat  irregularly during the Spring and Summer.  Other onions I grew from seed and planted out March/April are all OK.
Does anyone know what's caused the strange stem growth.

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steven c

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Re: Onion problems
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2021, 10:25 »
we now only grow onions from seed I know this can be a faff but we find they tend not to bolt compared to sets and gives a greater sense of achievement they also seem to store better  sorry i cant answer other part of post   others on here will no doubt.
from bow like to grow

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Kleftiwallah

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Re: Onion problems
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2021, 11:51 »
Good morning Steeplejohn, 
 "but some bolted and others seem to have grown the stems from the root area, and not from the top of the onion".
The above phrase makes me think you may possibly have planted some onion sets upside down!  An easy mistake for a beginner.

Cheers,  Tony. :D
I may be growing OLD, but I refuse to grow UP !



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