Onions from seed - 2019

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Re: Onions from seed - 2019
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2019, 15:50 »
250 seeds tucked up in bed yesterday.
I have however decided on an experiment this year to see if it makes a difference to both germination and end product.
I have an article written by an amish chap sometime ago regarding pre-chitting seed. A few years ago I tried the carrot seed and it worked a treat, this year I have 10 onion and 10 leek seed pre-chitting as well.
In theory they should chit quicker than those in the seed tray + I know if they have of course so I end up transplanting only seed that is going to grow.
Will keep you informed.
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Re: Onions from seed - 2019
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2019, 19:16 »
Update: seeds that were sown are just starting to push through, the seeds that I put for chitting are a country mile ahead, they had started to sprut within 4 days, I transplanted them to pots and within a week from starting them they were up!
Valuble lesson for next year, chit your seeds first  ;)

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Re: Onions from seed - 2019
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2019, 11:02 »
Planted mine in large plots rather than individual cells this year and so far they are looking much healthier than last year.

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Re: Onions from seed - 2019
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2019, 10:25 »
I started in large pots but wasn't happy with the way my seedlings were going and transplanted to modules - 12 to a seed tray size.  Since then, they have been growing like crazy and yesterday, the biggest ones were literally bursting out of their modules.

There are only 28 of them, as they need full insect mesh cover on our site to prevent leaf miner damage, so I re-potted then into 9m pots.  I can't remember ever having to do this before, but the weather is still so variable, I'm not risking them on the plot just yet.  It was just a few onion seedling to play with over the dark months, but now I am hoping for some real monsters this year   :)
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Re: Onions from seed - 2019
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2019, 08:55 »
Mine have been out on the plot under their insect mesh cover and are really starting to motor now  :)
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Re: Onions from seed - 2019
« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2019, 13:29 »
Growing from seed is like watching cricket in slow motion.
How long from seedling to eatable? Anyone lived that long enough to know?

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Re: Onions from seed - 2019
« Reply #21 on: July 18, 2019, 08:32 »
Growing from seed is like watching cricket in slow motion.
How long from seedling to eatable? Anyone lived that long enough to know?

They are only slow at seedling stage and should be bulking up well by now.  They are usually fully mature and ready August/September - varies with the season and how early you sowed them. 

Mine are doing fine this year, but I have had to water them.  They need full insect mesh protection on our site to keep them leaf miner free, so I decided to grower fewer, but concentrate a bit harder on growing them well.  Seems to be working  :)
 
If you are having problems, you might need to be a bit more specific or add a picture to get some more detailed advice.



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