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    Well for the life of me I cannot seem to ever grow spring onions to any decent size like shop bought. Some that were started early spring are still in the soil and still not even the girth of a pencil. Gave a feed of bfb some weeks ago but to no avail.

    The variety was Ramrod (a strong, larger onion) so why have they not grown in months and months of summer sun in the soil ? Should I still leave them growing through winter or bring them in greenhouse ? I'm stumped
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    You are not the only one, I have never grown spring onions successfully!
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    I can't grow decent size ones either, so to compensate I grow onion sets with zero spacing and use those
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    If spring onions or for that matter any crop fails, they are only so many things that can be the cause.

    Condition of the soil PH etc.

    Water, to much or little.

    Sun, to much to little.

    Feed to little..

    Disease or pests

    There may be others but these basics have to be right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roitelet View Post
    You are not the only one, I have never grown spring onions successfully!
    I've never had any luck with them either. I'm at the "throw a whole packet of seed in a pot" stage with them.
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    Spring Onions are one vegetable that I have has a lot of success with over the last six years until white rot sets in and then it's harvest as many as you can. This year I'm trying a different approach see Alans Allotment: SF60 Onions not sure how well it's going to pan out but it's got to be worth a go

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    I was going to say, Marb, that I have never had any success with spring onions, but that Cadalot has a brilliant system that is encouraging me to have another go. But I see he's already commented. Looks to be well worth a go. I tried for years and just gave up. I think, to be fair, that I just lost patience with them. They seem to take forever, and yet they're not all that big!

    I bet even though you're disappointed with yours, they're better than anything I ever managed to grow. And I bet they taste good.
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    Inspired by all the various challenges on here, I decided to give it another go. I'm convinced that part of the reason for my lack of success with spring onions is ants stealing the seeds, so I just put a ton of Savel seeds in two 150mm pots which are going to live on the draining board in my kitchen for now.

    If more than a couple germinate, then I'm right about the ants. The seed packet says they don't need to be thinned so I probably won't even transplant them if they survive the first few weeks. I'll just move the pots outside once they're well established.

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