Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« on: December 24, 2020, 00:55 »
Hi all mine have just started showing take it there better off in greenhouse rather than in ground covered in fleece Yorkshire area plant out in March also whats best way to prep soil and feed

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2020, 10:05 »
Well it seems the onion growers are off already for a new season, so here we go with a new thread.  Last years thread is here for reference.

https://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=131334.0

I am thinking about a Boxing Day sowing, so must remember to get some compost into small seed trays and into the house to warm up.

There is no need to rush, but I enjoy the ritual of it every year.  The main things are to have seeds that are designed for early sowing, have a plan for a bright, cool but frost free area or areas to grow them on until they are ready to plant out and lots of patience.  They are tiny little seedlings that take a long time to get going and do a fair impression of chives for quite some weeks.  However, your prolonged TLC does produce rewards, so if you want to join in for an early sown crop, this is the place  :)

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2020, 12:19 »
I'm starting mine as soon as my new seeds arrive :D

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2020, 12:54 »
 ::) Dashes off to get compost in from outside.. growing (or attempting to!)  all of mine from seed this year, Highlander, Isobel Rose and my usual Long Red Florence.
the LRF seeds are quite old now, so I may have to buy some more  ::) see what germination is like first, though  :)
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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2020, 14:46 »
Looking at sowing on boxing day thats the onions for home use the show onions are well on their way now.

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2020, 15:04 »
Looking at sowing on boxing day thats the onions for home use the show onions are well on their way now.

I dont show them and they are for home use.  I just like growing a few big onions each year and that is what is being sown first  :)

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2020, 08:47 »
Is it that time of the year already?  :wacko:

Best get  me'sel sorted and get cracking.
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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2020, 10:56 »
I used up the rest of a pack of Globo from last year, but I have a spare seed tray ready filled and some fresh Alisa Craig seeds if they are no good.  There were plenty of seeds so they went in thickly to allow for any falling off in germination rates.

Were off  :D

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2021, 04:04 »
Advice on planting scallions please!

I've never really tried growing onions before, but would like to grow some scallions, something we use a lot. The seed I selected is called Evergreen Bunching, specifically for scallions.

Our January-February night low temperatures range from -4 C to +4 C, but mostly a couple degrees above freezing. Day high temperature ranges from 7 to 18 C.

A local gardening columnist recommends "Onions are completely hardy; put them out as soon as the soil can be worked in mid- to late- winter. Start them from seed sown directly in the garden, from seedling transplants (called stick-outs), or from onion sets..."

I sowed directly into the ground about 2 weeks ago (December 14), per packet instructions. So far, nothing has come up. We had mostly warm weather for this time of year, but had one dip just before Christmas that was about -5 C at night.

Am I expecting to see sprouting seeds too early? Is it likely our cold snap killed anything that sprouted? Other thoughts?

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2021, 09:44 »
John has some good advice here:

https://www.allotment-garden.org/vegetable/grow-your-own-spring-onions-or-scallions-salad-onions/

But remember to tweek it for your climate.
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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2021, 19:26 »
It is possible to overwinter spring onions or scallions in the UK as per Johns advice, usually in a poly tunnel or greenhouse, but most people here would not sow until March or April.  We have the cold nights, but also cold days and low light levels, so your local garden columnist probably knows better than us SP  :)

Cooler temperatures slow everything down, so your seeds may be just taking their time.

My Globo onions are showing signs of life, but they are pampered indoors so got going in a week.

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2021, 17:00 »
Hi

First year growing from seed but my seed order delivery is delayed and looking like they won't be here until end of Jan.  :wacko:

Should I just be patient and wait until then or am I losing a vital month's growth? I could pop to wilko tomorrow and pick up some seeds and save the others until next year. I've ordered Armstrong as they are supposed to be good storers - any similar varieties I could substitute? I'm used to my onion crop lasting until at least March!

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2021, 20:33 »
I thought I had sown all my Onion seed but on checking my sowing list noticed I had missed a packet of Shallots so in they shall  go tomorrow.

BTW the onions were sown on Boxing day and are just showing signs of a few seed germinating. 9 days from sowing.

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2021, 09:53 »
Hi

First year growing from seed but my seed order delivery is delayed and looking like they won't be here until end of Jan.  :wacko:

Should I just be patient and wait until then or am I losing a vital month's growth? I could pop to wilko tomorrow and pick up some seeds and save the others until next year. I've ordered Armstrong as they are supposed to be good storers - any similar varieties I could substitute? I'm used to my onion crop lasting until at least March!

cheers
Gra

I dont think the growth in January is vital.  If you want to grow show onions it is, but if you just want some nice sized onions for storage, I would hang on until you get the seeds of the ones you want.

Mine are not show onions, just big onions grown for fun.  I have another pack of seeds for another kind and they wont get sown until next month  :)

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2021, 12:03 »
Im going to try some zebrune shallots. Would you still start these this early?



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