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  • Onions 2022

    Not intended as a thread for onion problems as such but more for which varieties peeps are growing and how they're doing.

    We have Autumn Champion from sets currently overwintering and plan to sow Golden Bear seed in February along with White Lisbon and Welsh Red spring onions.
    Last year we had a steady supply of spring onions throughout the season from multi sowing (successionally) in modules before planting out and will be doing the same this year (hopefully photos to follow ).
    Location ... Nottingham

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    I'm growing all my own this year from seed. I usually buy seedlings, but after last year's debacle due to Covid, I've decided to ensure supply of my preferred varieties by growing them myself. We use a lot of onions...

    Figueres - smallish, sweet with pink tinge. Delicious flavour but don't last that long in storage.
    Moradas de Amposta - similar but longer lasting in storage.
    Late Valencians - very firm, good onion flavour but not sweet. Last a long time in storage but not my favourites for cooking with, hence the first two.
    Fuentes - whopper sweet onions suitable for salads. Won't grow many as they don't store well at all.

    Will also be growing shallots
    Jermor from sets
    Zebrune from seed

    Plus leeks Chef's White and Titus. Hope they grow as they'll be last year's seed. Big thumbs up from me for Chef's White if you can find seeds: good flavour, good size and early harvest from August onwards.
    Location: north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep. Last frost: usually mid-April, sometimes first week in May. First frost: mid-October.

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    • #3
      I have grown the Golden Bear mentioned above from seed. They are supposed to be white rot resistant methinks and did well for me. I always grow onion 'sets' as they are easier and less bother I find. The only onions I usually grow from seed are the long red florence, with varying degrees of success.
      My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
      to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

      Diversify & prosper


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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mr Bones View Post
        Last year we had a steady supply of spring onions throughout the season from multi sowing (successionally) in modules before planting out and will be doing the same this year .
        I do the same Mr Bones I get better results that way

        Pompeil,
        White Lisbon
        Ciboule Red dragon
        Egyptian onions

        Location....East Midlands.

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        • #5
          Interesting. I never have much luck with spring onions. They seem to take forever and by the time I've cleaned them there's next to nothing left. Maybe I'm just impatient. How long from sowing to harvest for you guys?
          Location: north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep. Last frost: usually mid-April, sometimes first week in May. First frost: mid-October.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Snoop Puss View Post
            How long from sowing to harvest for you guys?
            8-12 weeks depending on optimum growing conditions and how big you want them

            Location ... Nottingham

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Snadger View Post
              I have grown the Golden Bear mentioned above from seed. They are supposed to be white rot resistant methinks and did well for me.
              Our plot has plenty of white rot and GB are very resistant. It's a lovely tasting onion too and stores well.

              Location ... Nottingham

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mr Bones View Post
                8-12 weeks depending on optimum growing conditions and how big you want them
                No bigger than shop spring onions in the UK (can't buy them here). I sowed some in June last year and they've just put on a bit of a spurt of growth. I'm guessing they're thinking of bolting, so a 'scape' (not sure if that's what you call them for onions) is forming in the middle. I should pick them, as they now look about right to me.
                Location: north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep. Last frost: usually mid-April, sometimes first week in May. First frost: mid-October.

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                • #9
                  Oh fiddlesticks! This has just reminded me I have a box of shallots in the greenhouse (Autumn planting long ones).
                  I had completely forgotten about them
                  Nestled somewhere in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Good soil, strong winds and a Giant Puffball!
                  Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

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                  • #10
                    Collected some soil from molehills today, which is now spread out in a large tray and covered with a poly cloch, hopefully to get any weed seeds germanated and removed, before mixing with sand and sowing onion seeds, feel tempted to buy some sets, but determined to grow all from seeds this year
                    it may be a struggle to reach the top, but once your over the hill your problems start.

                    Member of the Nutters Club but I think I am just there to make up the numbers

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                    • #11
                      I have a tray of rijksburger onions coming up on the windowsill to grow on in modules in the unheated g house in a few weeks. A few (10) of my own shallots planted in the garden and are well on their way. The autumn onions from seed are a bit so so but the garlic around them is doing fine. Also have a bucket of garlic which looks quite happy. Still to plant I have those long red Florence which are new to me and perhaps some Alisa Craig multisown next month.
                      I also multisow Ishigura spring onions which don’t bulb up but are quite versatile. Never had much success with white Lisbon.

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                      • #12
                        Yesterday sowed 180 Golden Bear maincrop in cells and multi-sown 60 cells of White Lisbon spring onions. All are in the house to germinate and will later be moved out to the unheated greenhouse.
                        Location ... Nottingham

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                        • #13
                          Today sowed 8 cells each of long red Florence 2 to a cell and multi sown ishigura spring onions. In the greenhouse.

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                          • #14
                            Planted a bed of 140 Golden Bear
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                            Location ... Nottingham

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                            • #15
                              Interesting, Mr Bones. You don't multisow?
                              Location: north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep. Last frost: usually mid-April, sometimes first week in May. First frost: mid-October.

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