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    Default What do spring onions look like??

    I planted some seeds at the end of march, they have come through, but look more like chives - very thin. At what point should they be thickening up to look like spring onions??? Am wondering if they are not growing properly? My second sowing a month later are doing the same thing (although not as big as the first obviously) so maybe this is right??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelle View Post
    I planted some seeds at the end of march, they have come through, but look more like chives - very thin. At what point should they be thickening up to look like spring onions??? Am wondering if they are not growing properly? My second sowing a month later are doing the same thing (although not as big as the first obviously) so maybe this is right??
    evry thing is doing fine by the sound of it they will be big enough one day you have to have patience when gardening mine are no bigger if that helps Jacob

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    Agree with Jacob. I have loads in at the moment and they are like needles, but they will start to grow faster and fill out soon enough. Patience is a virtue.
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    Excellent! Its just my first year and I am slowly learning that patience is a HUGE part of gardening Just like a bit of reassurance every now and then!

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    Spring onions are not a fast crop. I have taken a tip from Nick and Piglet. Plant your spring onions early in 3" pots, liberally sprinkled over. Grow them on indoors or in the greenhouse. Once looking like the thing and the weather is a bit warmer, plant them out, the whole pot into the space. They will grow on fine.
    I did mine by this method this year and they look great. Seeds sown into the ground on the same date look puny by comparison.
    Also variety may play a part. I sowed 3 kinds - White Lisbon, Winter White Bunching and Ramrod.
    From an early sowing White Lisbon are doing the best.
    Hope this helps.

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    That sounds like the thing for us next year - germination quite slow and a bit on the patchy side when direct sown, so far. When do you call 'sowing early', Alice?

    Even if we don't have the benefit of a greenhouse next year (which would be great!), we will be able to germinate in pots inside then coldframe.
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    Is it too late to sow into pots for a late crop ?

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    Hello Hazel, I started my spring onion trial on the 25th March. I think you could start a bit earlier.
    Plant the spring onions liberally sprinkled over 3" pots. Leave them there until about 2" tall. You can keep them on the windowsill, in the greenhouse or under any kind of make shift cloche. When the pots are nearly full of roots, make a hole the size of the pot, tip the pot out into your hand, and plant the lot on the hole. Do it in a row if that's the way you like it. Or use them to fill in the gaps and corners. Whichever way, I find them well ahead of the spring onions planted in the ground on the same date. Hope it helps.

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