Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2021, 14:23 »
Thanks Newshoot  ;)

I try to apply patience to my growing but at this time of year I'm always itching to get started. 


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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2021, 15:44 »
I try to apply patience to my growing but at this time of year I'm always itching to get started.
Aren't we all, though  ::)
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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2021, 19:41 »
Im going to try some zebrune shallots. Would you still start these this early?

Ive got some Prisma shallot seeds but they can go in Feb/May according to the blurb on the pack.  I wasnt rushing as they are only going to grow to a certain size then stop.  The giant onions will grow on to bigger and better sizes if sown early, but unless you are desperate to start playing with seeds - which is a perfectly valid reason BTW - I would leave them a while yet  :)

The main constraint on starting things early for me is where I then grow all those seedlings on.  The greenhouse isnt heated and there is only so much room in the house (or so OH says anyway).  I have to toe the line a bit as he tolerates a lot of windowsill gardening early on in the year and there are limits to which I can push that  :lol:

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2021, 20:04 »
That's one of the few joys of living alone, I do what I like  :lol: :lol:

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2021, 21:56 »
That's the same variety (the so called banana ones) I sowed today. Five or six seeds to a plug simular to onions. Bit of an experiment for me I have never grown shallots before.

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2021, 20:15 »
The vermiculite I ordered finally arrived, so I sowed my onions today. A 28 hole module of Hylander, a 24 of Isobel Rose and an 18 of LRF. Most ended up with more than 1 seed in (my clumsy hands!)
So just wait and see what comes up  :lol:

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2021, 16:58 »
I sowed my onions today, a bit later than I normally do, but it's been absolutely freeeeezing in the greenhouse.

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2021, 19:30 »
Going to give Mammoth a try this year instead of the usual Showmaster.
Seed is pricy at 4.75   inc p&p for 100 but i have a tiny garden and find it better to grow a few huge onions in big pots and odd gaps than try to grow a row of smaller ones.
Big onions do not store as well as some of the smaller varieties but they keep reasonably well and the very largest will be displayed with pride and cosseted till they are sliced and consigned to a ziplock bag in the freezer!

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Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2021, 20:26 »
Another question for my first year of onions from seed.

All of mine have sprouted in a heated propagator in the shed by a window. Some are looking a bit leggy already. Is it too soon to transfer them to an unheated polytunnel? Was thinking of turning the propagator off for a day or two and then just putting them in the poly in covered seed trays with and a bit of bubble wrap as insulation - too soon?

Like i say, first year so although I know they are quite hardy - I don't know how hardy!  :unsure:

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2021, 10:35 »
They are pretty hardy, but wont be happy if they get frosted. They dont need the heat from a propagator though.

I use my unheated greenhouse, but offer additional protection with a cheap 4 tier mini greenhouse inside of it. That works for me in the south east, so factor in your local weather  :)

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2021, 10:55 »
I've still only got germination from one of my 3 varieties, all in the same conditions, indoors.
I know 1 was from last year's seed, so maybe they won't grow, but the other tray was brand new see. Hmmm

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Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2021, 12:38 »
Thanks New Shoot.

I've turned the propagator off and they can stay in the shed for a couple more days - I'm coastal north west so maybe a bit chillier but not by lots. I'll put them in polystyrene fish boxes with a cover and put them in the poly at the weekend. ;)

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Re: Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2021, 19:13 »
Hi all quick question I had some ailsea giant onion seed about 6 year old sown it and a couple miraculously have sprouted would that make a strong onion or would it be weakened because of its age

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Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2021, 19:36 »
If they are growing then they'll be strong enough  :)

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Re: Re: Re: Onions from seed - for 2021
« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2021, 20:01 »
Thanks I still Carnt believe they germinated sew about 50 seeds though and only two came up



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