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Onions, bulbing

Post  Chopper on 5/8/2010, 3:18 am

I am growing bulbing onions from sets for the first time and I notice that barely 6 weeks in, the red onions are starting to form a flower. Do I want that or should I cut it off? Going to seed usually speak to the end of the life of the veggie and I know I want to wait for the leaves to turn yellow. So, not sure about this flower thing.

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Post  Retired Member 1 on 5/8/2010, 7:48 am

I'm having the same problem with the sweet onions (Y1015s). I understand t is due to weather fluctuations. I read up on it and the consensus is it really doesn't matter if you let the flower grow or cut it off. The onion is ruined for long-time storage either way. But will still be good for fresh eating. Here's a link I found:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/PLANTanswers/publications/onions/oniongro.html

Seems like it really doesn't matter, but I cut off the flower stalks anyway.

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