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    zazen999 is offline Funky Cold Ribena
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    Quote Originally Posted by marathon View Post
    Growing onions from seed doesn't seem to be popular on our site and whenever i mention it the old timers all shake their heads and so "no,no,no you don't want to be doing that"

    Are they really difficult to grow from seed?

    Have to say this winter has been the best ever for over wintering onions all 200 are doing really well.
    No, they are really easy. They take well to being sown now and moving to their final position around the time of the last frosts for your area.

    Tearing the seedlings apart and breaking the roots seems to spur them on, strangely enough...go on, do it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by zazen999 View Post
    No, they are really easy. They take well to being sown now and moving to their final position around the time of the last frosts for your area.

    Tearing the seedlings apart and breaking the roots seems to spur them on, strangely enough...go on, do it!
    Same with leeks, chopping their roots when dropping them in their holes and they keep growing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazgaot View Post
    Same as you, most (90%) of my onion sets have survived the snow, but the garlic hasn't, none on the lottie are showing up and I think they've rotted.
    I'm pleased you said that as none of the 60 cloves i planted in Late October have grown. i even contact my supplier and they are checking to see what I was sent. I ordered SW for Autumn planting but I asked if it was possible I was sent sping planting SW. Maybe they will still send up shoots.

    Quote Originally Posted by zazen999 View Post
    No, they are really easy. They take well to being sown now and moving to their final position around the time of the last frosts for your area.

    Tearing the seedlings apart and breaking the roots seems to spur them on, strangely enough...go on, do it!
    I'll give it go and keep my fingers crossed

    Quote Originally Posted by Lazgaot View Post
    Same with leeks, chopping their roots when dropping them in their holes and they keep growing.
    Well I grow great leeks which I will be sowing this week so maybe I will have some success

    Many thanks for all the advice
    Last edited by marathon; 30-01-2010 at 04:57 PM.

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    To those of you that are concerned your garlic isn't showing, don't worry. The same thing happened to me last year,so I planted more. Three weeks later they all came up! I haven't bothered to sow any this year as I have so many left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketron View Post
    To those of you that are concerned your garlic isn't showing, don't worry. The same thing happened to me last year,so I planted more. Three weeks later they all came up! I haven't bothered to sow any this year as I have so many left.
    Fingers crossed then. I went to the lottie today but still no show but ggod to know it happened to you last year.

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    Default Shallot Seeds

    I have never planted any onions/shallots fom seed before and I would therefore like some advice on how to plant some banana shallot seeds which I received today.
    Is it OK to plant them indoors now?
    Any special compost required?

    All advice most welcome

    Many thanks

    Red Devil

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    zazen999 is offline Funky Cold Ribena
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    Yup, ok to sow them now, no special compost needed.


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    marathon, same as you too, Solent Wight.

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