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Onions? which way??

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by Warwick lad, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. Warwick lad

    Warwick lad Gardener

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    Onions from seed?? or by sets? I can start seeds now ready for when we move in Feb, or do I wait until we've moved and use sets which maybe the end of Feb beginning of March??

    BJ
     
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    For the best and biggest onions Warwick lad, go for seed. :)
    I sow seeds over the christmas period for the longest possible growing period.
    I like the kelsae.....mild, good size and look esp good when ripening.:)
     
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      @Verdun Many thanks, as I said I can get seed going this week. Then when we move to the new place they can go in the old greenhouse until ready to lant out.

      BJ.
       
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      Hi Warwick lad , I have always used onion sets from Wilkos , about £1.50 a bag . If you are moving house this will save the faff of moving your seed trays.
       
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        Sounds perfect Warwick lad :)
         
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        In fact I have done sets but never seeds, so I may do both just to see what difference there is??

        BJ.
         
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        I do find sets more prone to bolting, so only use seed these days.

        I tend to go for just good onions to eat rather than those overgrown show types, which I have grown in the past, but far too big for me.:smile:

        But if I was thinking of moving, I'd be inclined to settle for some sets this year.
         
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          I'd go for sets this year rather than checking seed grown young plants during your move.

          Steve...:)
           
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          If seed is sown in cells then seed sown onions take some beating and without any check to their growth.
          Relative to onion sets I find seed sown less prone to going to seed.
          You can also buy seed raised onion plants for delivery ....an option I have used successfully :)
           
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          Unless you’re looking at growing large onions, I see no reason why you couldn’t sow them after your move. Pretty sure I’ve sown at the beginning of March in the past, and produced decent sized onions.
           
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