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jarigo

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« on: June 06, 2011, 20:10 »
Hi can anyone tell me when it is best to feed onions and what with if anything.Mine are all approx. one foot high.Many thanks in advance.

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Re: onions
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2011, 20:26 »
a low nitrogen feed - something like Chempak 8 - this encourages root growth, rather than foliage. Can feed weekly now, but not after July really.  cheers!
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Re: onions
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2011, 17:43 »
Many thanks plum crumble.

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Re: onions
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2011, 10:00 »
I fed mine on general alround plant food if i'm honest.
They look like they are bulbing up well.
Hope they taste as good as they look though eh !!!!!!

Is there a reason why you don't feed after july Plum Crumble ???

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Re: onions
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2011, 10:09 »
I top dress them with atleast one dose of wood ash which has got potash. being organic I normally feed them BFB once.
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Re: onions
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011, 11:33 »
Comfrey tea is a good one .
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Re: onions
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011, 12:55 »
well - any all purpose feed is good, although onions aren't really a hungry crop. I recommended low nitrogen, as nitrogen encourages top growth, which you don't want with onions. The reason not to feed after July is that you will be wasting your time as they won't bulk up anymore. You won't harm the crop, but you will be wasting time and money!

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Re: onions
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2011, 13:01 »
a low nitrogen feed - something like Chempak 8 - this encourages root growth, rather than foliage. Can feed weekly now, but not after July really.  cheers!

A high nitrogen feed would be better at least until mid July. The more foliage, the more layers of onion, the larger the onion. From mid July onwards change to a high potash feed to aid ripening and improve storage
Any day above ground is a good day.

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Re: onions
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011, 13:04 »
 :nowink: ah now you see - you will get as many opinions as you have gardeners!!!  ::)



 

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