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    Hi everyone, just looking for a spot of advice regarding spring onions.

    Perhaps i am a bit late in planting them but i sowed some seeds about 4 weeks ago in a deep planter pot. I left this outside. It germinated but they seem awfully thin and whispy. Is this normal or is it a problem ?

    I seen someone on youtube sowing seeds into modules and then later planting out. I have tried this too but they have only just germinated. When sown into modules where should they be left to germinate ? I put them on the window ledge but now they have germinated they havent been acclimatised to outside weather, UV etc. Will this be a problem ?

    Would appreciate any help or advice,

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    Hi Jamie. Is Finglas where you live? Onion seedlings do start off quite thin and wispy, and they can be even thinner and wispier if they're not getting enough light. But they are quite tough in spite of their delicate appearance and I think they'd be better off going outdoors now. At this time of year they shouldn't need a lot of hardening off but you can shelter them if you're expecting extreme weather like blazing sunshine, strong winds or torrential rain. A nice soft Irish day would be fine, or if the weather is very sunny put them out first in the evening, and maybe move them to a shadier place during the hottest part of the day until they've toughened up a bit.

    Do you know the name of the variety? It's not the most usual time for sowing onions. There are many varieties that do best sown in the spring so they can grow when the days are getting longer, and they don't do well sown so late. There are also some that like to be sown around August when the days are getting shorter, and there are others that don't care about the day length.
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    Perhaps i am a bit late in planting them but i sowed some seeds about 4 weeks ago in a deep planter pot. I left this outside. It germinated but they seem awfully thin and whispy. Is this normal or is it a problem ?
    Going to suggest that you just leave them, I planted some in March, they germinated and grew and I am still waiting for them to resemble a spring onion rather then a slightly thin chive. Another 2 months and they may be useable but not sure.

    Getting the opinion that the words ready to harvest in 10 weeks is all made up just to get people to buy the things. Or mine never learnt to work out what a week is and are counting in months.

    One lot says rapid a in ready in 8 weeks - no way. If I plant as suggested now for an "extended season" then the season will include April 1st next year, or later.

    Presently Spring Onions are one of my possibilities for next year, but the plan reads "Spring Onion ??". Meaning sowing then is a bit questionable. Find carrots the same, planted a patch of them last April, so far the carrot bit is less then 1cm (< 1/2") on all I have looked at.
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    I agree with you Kirk
    The retailer's interpretation of "speedy veg" is weeks shorter than mine. IMO its a marketing ploy to attract those who want a quick return but it may actually put people off because nothing is ready when expected.
    Also, I've never managed to grow a spring onion that resembles the ones on sale - they're always scrawny.
    Jamie, put your pot outside, keep it watered and in some sun and sit back for a while. They're usable at any stage, thin or thick.
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    Zelenina, thanks very much for getting back to me with some advice. No i dont stay near finglas, its a Glen in Scotland about 1 hour from me. I have fished there for many years.

    Kirk and vegiechicken thanks a lot aswell. First time growing this year and I am finding the same with my veg. Maybe something is wrong with conditions or the doil but everything does seem to take an awful lot longer than its "meant to" according to the packets. Probably all marketing!

    Thanks again everyone,

    Jamie
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    I love my spring onions but I find them a long term project. I usually plant a trough late in the season to harvest in spring but this year I lost them when the trough over turned in strong wind.

    So this season I started early my first planting went in on 13/02, 6 3" pots on a window sill, germination was complete by 21/02 and they went into a unheated GH. 28/3 they went to a trough outdoors.

    I like to plant 6 3" pots every 6 weeks or so through out the season and find this keeps me in onions most of the time. I have just set another 6 pots yesterday, they may be ready this season dependant on the weather otherwise they will over winter ready for spring.

    I will start to harvest this trough tomorrow, planted in late March they are now the size I like (BIG).
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    I used to think that, being spring onions, they'd be a quick crop. They're Spring Onions because they would be sown in August at the same time as the overwintering onions (often the same variety) and harvested in spring before they bulbed up.
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    Ah, so there's a Finglas in Scotland too. I was thinking of the one in Ireland.

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