Onion set varieties

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Stephen Byrne

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Onion set varieties
« on: March 05, 2019, 14:39 »
Hi everyone

New to the forum . Need your advise . I have been growing onions for a number of years now
using sets of Sturon , Stuttgarter , Centurion and Red Baron and always had very good harvests.

I was going to try  Snowball sets this year but have been advised that not only are these poor for storing
but also not to expect a good crop.

Thanks , Stephen

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Christine

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Re: Onion set varieties
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2019, 15:17 »
Have heard exactly the same from our allotment holders Stephen. Mind we are in the north east and on clay. Could have something to do with it.

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Goosegirl

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Re: Onion set varieties
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2019, 14:13 »
We tend to grow Sturon because they do well in our raised bed on rather heavy soil. Last year we had a really good and tasty crop (sets bought from a local nursery) and we're still using the last of them! The weather might have something to do with it but am going to get some more sets next week.
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JimB

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Re: Onion set varieties
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2019, 21:32 »
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Hi,

I have found Stuttgarter does not store very compared to Sturom etc

Only grew Snowball once, a very poor crop most rotted in the ground with bottom end rot I think its called, the few that survived were very sweet when cooked, but I would not try it again in case it brings disease into the soil and spoils the normal varieties.

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Re: Onion set varieties
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2019, 22:21 »
A slightly different answer to consider...
I was converted to seed rather than sets and have had by far better crops. I grow Bedfordshire Champion, belting onions and store well, rarely have any bolted and very easy to grow and you could still sow now for a harvest. One thing I have experimented with this year was to chit the seed, the germinated within a few days and are coming on reyt good.
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Hampshire Hog

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Re: Onion set varieties
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2019, 10:01 »
I normally grow sturon find that red onion sets are more problematic.
I havenít tried growing from seed yet I have seen a few reports on here over the years that they are less prone to bolt
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rowlandwells

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Re: Onion set varieties
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2019, 18:57 »
now you've got me worried Stephen as I've put a few snowball onions in to try  :( although I have sowed several other onion [seed] varieties inc sweet Spanish


we traditionally grow turbo sets every year but I'm also trying as sets centurion sturon and piruska red

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Wiltshire Worms

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Re: Onion set varieties
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2019, 20:54 »
I grow santero from sets, as they are disease resistant, still got about 30 of last years left and they have kept brilliantly

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Stephen Byrne

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Re: Onion set varieties
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2019, 10:21 »
Thanks for replies and advise , much appreciated . I've planted Red baron and decided to have a go with Snowball .  I'll keep you posted how  the're coming along .



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