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    ok thx for your thoughts ,i think ill leave them in the ground then , the soil was damp but there was no standing water or anything like that ,we had some rain yesterday but the weather looks good for the next week , ill keep you posted on how they are doing ,cheers
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    I planted my onion sets out yesterday. The weather is quite warm and they are a bit underground so shouldn't come to any harm even if there is a hard frost. I plant out onions and garlic in the autumn most years and they always do ok. If we get a long cold spell I would just expect them to be a bit slow to get going.

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    The thing about onions is that they are naturally biennial. Left to their own devices, they will:
    - grow from seed into a bulb in the first year;
    - sit dormant through a winter;
    - send up a flower spike in the second year.
    It's the winter dormancy that triggers them to send up the flower spike.

    Onion sets are created by putting the plants into a sort of suspended animation. The seed is grown into a small bulb then the plant is dried off before it gets too big and before the cold weather comes. When the set is planted again the next spring, it wakes up and carries on from where it left off. It hasn't been through a winter so it behaves as if it's still in its first year and forms a nice bulb.

    If you plant onion sets too early in the year, the cycle can be broken. A prolonged cold spell will make the plant realise it's actually going through a winter, so when the weather warms up it will usually bolt.

    This is why you are better off sitting on your hands and delaying planting of sets until April. You will still have a head start on spring-sown seeds and there's much less risk of losing the crop through bolting.

    Good luck to the early planters on here, the way the weather is this year you may well get away with it!
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    hi , i went up the plot today , the onions and shallots have started growing ,it was pretty nice out , fingers crossed
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    I Placed sets into modules as per the original post and they look like they are doing very well. Would I be best moving them to the bed and with cloches over them? or is it too early. Like everything it seems different things are working for different people.

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    Wow look at those roots. I didn't think to do onion sets in trays but now I'll give it a go.

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    the roots are not on account of trays,my post was to show what does go on under the ground,the trays are just an early start for twitchy fingers,also not every set will grow,so when you do plant out,you only plant healthy ones.
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    Due to sets bolting, I now plant sets on or just after the spring equinox when few, if any bolt.
    imo, now is way too early.
    Feed the soil, not the plants.
    (helps if you have cluckies)

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