Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» CANADIAN REGION:What are you doing in October 2016
by Kelejan Today at 12:33 pm

» Garlic and Onions planting soon
by greatgranny Today at 11:35 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in September 2016
by Kelejan Today at 10:50 am

» New Table Tops
by greatgranny Today at 10:39 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 8:54 am

» SFG Adventure of a first time gardener in ND
by Robbomb116 Today at 7:55 am

» October: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by sanderson Today at 1:46 am

» Mid-South: October 2016
by sanderson Today at 1:36 am

» Rotten Rats in my garden!
by sanderson Today at 1:26 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 8:45 pm

» Now What do I do?
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 8:38 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:12 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by llama momma Yesterday at 7:58 pm

» homemade ketchup
by llama momma Yesterday at 7:43 pm

» parsnips in square foot garden?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:08 pm

» N&C Midwest: September 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 6:21 pm

» Newbie composting questions
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:03 pm

» compost thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 9:23 am

» The Research Journey:free-The Gardener’s Guide TO PERFECT GARDEN SOIL
by jimmy cee Yesterday at 8:48 am

» Plantoid' s going into hospital ....
by plantoid Yesterday at 6:22 am

» Hello from San Antonio, Tx.
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:53 am

» 17 Everyday Things You've Been Doing Wrong
by has55 9/29/2016, 11:28 pm

» What's a good type of lettuce to try for some one who doesn't like lettuce?
by CapeCoddess 9/29/2016, 11:59 am

» In between
by Scorpio Rising 9/28/2016, 8:33 pm

» Tomato Mystery Mix
by sanderson 9/28/2016, 11:26 am

» Easy and Fabulous Crockpot Marinara
by trolleydriver 9/28/2016, 11:03 am

» newbeone
by Cajun Cappy 9/28/2016, 8:59 am

» The SFG Journey-Cover crops
by jimmy cee 9/27/2016, 9:45 pm

» Oh no! My hibiscus moscheutos plant has some roots exposed!
by RJARPCGP 9/27/2016, 9:37 pm

» Tryst with my first DIY SFG
by Mimi2 9/27/2016, 8:12 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Onion Question

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Onion Question

Post  WolfHeart on 4/26/2012, 6:04 pm



So I found this on my Onions today, not all of them but most. My questions are:

1) What is it?
2) Should I leave it?
3) Should I have a dance party because I have it?

thanks
John

WolfHeart

Male Posts : 159
Join date : 2011-02-10
Age : 48
Location : Cincinnati, OH

View user profile http://wolfheart68.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Onion Question

Post  laufenberga on 4/26/2012, 6:15 pm

That thing on the top of the green? I think that is a seed pack of the onion but I'm not sure.

laufenberga

Male Posts : 56
Join date : 2012-03-15
Location : Highland, WI

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Onion Question

Post  plantoid on 4/26/2012, 6:29 pm

It is the start of a flower of an onion that is running to seed , it will become about 2 inches across , ball shaped & be full of tiny white flowers . If you keep it till the flowers start to die off & change to a brownish colour with a slightly solid lump in the middle of each flower ( this is the seed not qiote ready for harvesting ) .

Carefully cover it in a " ladies pop sock " or a small thin brown paper bag for four weeks after the fertilization you can cut the head off and hang it in the sock /bag somewhere dry to dry the seeds for anothr couple of weeks then store them in an air tight container and see if they grow into onions next year . The seeds wil be black by this stage.

Here in the UK we would use such seeds at the end of May and sow them thinly on a mix of 50 /50 % compost and sand in a seed tray about 3 inches deep , then sprinkle 1/4 inch of sand over them , water them and place the tray at a north facing wall or thick hedge so it is shaded , don't let it dry out but don't keep it sopping wet .

The seeds will form small bulbs and when they get to about 1/2 inch across take them out the sand . Now lay them on some wire screen etc in full sun for about a week to dry the bulbs for storage.

srtore in a cool dry frost free place till you start your onion set plantings.

It may be helpful to stratify the sets by placing then in a fridge at 3 to 5 oC for a week to a fortnight before planting them out.( this is just a theory I have ,after discovering a few days ago that garlic works well after being in the fridge for the same time period at the same temperature )



If you don't want to play at the seed collecting etc ..just pull the onion up after giving it a good water and use it for cooking as it will not store .

plantoid

Male Posts : 3599
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 65

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Onion Question

Post  WolfHeart on 4/26/2012, 6:53 pm

@plantoid wrote: ..just pull the onion up after giving it a good water and use it for cooking as it will not store .

Plantoid, are you saying that the onion is done?!? they have only been in the ground since March 2. It seems odd that it is setting seed so early....we certainly haven't had super warm weather to account for it to be this far along.

Time to research more about onions.

WolfHeart

Male Posts : 159
Join date : 2011-02-10
Age : 48
Location : Cincinnati, OH

View user profile http://wolfheart68.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Onion Question

Post  plantoid on 4/26/2012, 7:05 pm

@WolfHeart wrote:
@plantoid wrote: ..just pull the onion up after giving it a good water and use it for cooking as it will not store .

Plantoid, are you saying that the onion is done?!? they have only been in the ground since March 2. It seems odd that it is setting seed so early....we certainly haven't had super warm weather to account for it to be this far along.

Time to research more about onions.

it is referred to as bolting . often caused by a shock to the plant once it has got growing but some onions are prone to bolting regardless.

Most onion sets are " heat treated " to kill off / delay the development of the growth kernel in the set inthe hope that the set will develop into a decent sized bulb before it flowers .

Over wintering oinions ( Japanese onions ) are always heat treated nowadays to prevent the flowering as most would break into flowers a few weeks after the weather warmed up to about 10 oC 50 oF once the winter had passed .

plantoid

Male Posts : 3599
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 65

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Onion Question

Post  WolfHeart on 4/26/2012, 7:40 pm

Thanks for the info Plantoid.....I will have to feel around and see if there was any bulb development.....so would cutting the flower before it sets force the bulb to develop more?

WolfHeart

Male Posts : 159
Join date : 2011-02-10
Age : 48
Location : Cincinnati, OH

View user profile http://wolfheart68.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Onion Question

Post  plantoid on 4/26/2012, 8:03 pm

They tend to grow long and soft rather than forming a decent bulb if you cut the flower stem off .

For the plant has already entered the cycle of death .

ie

As such the bulb of the onion is the energy store that feeds the leaves and the flower / seed production.

Once the flower has been fertilized it has used up a lot of energy doing just that , it will have also undergone all sorts of irreversible biological changes during the production of the flower that stop it developing into a big solid onion bulb as there is no longer a need to do it.

plantoid

Male Posts : 3599
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 65

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Onion Question

Post  Sponsored content Today at 1:28 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum