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Onion plants from Lowes... okay, I'm cheating a little bit

Posted by heirloomjunkie 5a (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 18, 10 at 20:30

I was unable to start yellow onions last fall, and had a very poor germination rate with the walla wallas this spring.

I came across bunches of onions at Lowes. These weren't sets, but rather sprouted bulbs about 6 inches long. It's like they just yanked them out of the ground and sent them off. They had a ton of roots, and were not in any kind of water. So I have two questions:

1. Until I can plant them outside, how do I store them? In the basement? Under lights? Do I water them, or leave them to go dormant?

2. Seeing as they're off to a good start, can I expect full sized onions by late summer/ fall?

I was so excited I found them.

Kim


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RE: Onion plants from Lowes... okay, I'm cheating a little bit

I would plant them in individual containers or one big one but separated by a bit of space, and put them under lights until they can go outside.


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RE: Onion plants from Lowes... okay, I'm cheating a little bit

They are available here and of course may be planted in the garden immediately. With our long growing season and enough sun and water they will make good sized onions by the fall. In your location you will have to plant them twice as oilpainter has suggested. Al


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RE: Onion plants from Lowes... okay, I'm cheating a little bit

I have heard that I can plant them outside right now, I think. Will they be able to withstand a frost? I just don't have the room to transplant that many onions.

Kim


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RE: Onion plants from Lowes... okay, I'm cheating a little bit

Do you know the type - long-day or short-day? Hopefully they would only sell long day types in your area but no guarantees. Still long-day types is what you should be growing. If you are getting 10-12 hours of daylight by now then they can be planted.

Dixondale Farms (noted plant supplier) recommends that if they can be planted within 2 weeks of arrival/purchase you don't do anything to them except keep them cool and dry. These are dormant as is so will do fine as it. Down here they went to the garden a month ago as soon as we hit 10 hours of daylight because we have to grow short-day varieties.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: Onion Guide


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RE: Onion plants from Lowes... okay, I'm cheating a little bit

Yeah, we are definately getting 10 to 12 hours of daylight here. So that's good.

Oh! But I almost forgot. Do I need to harden these off? And if so, for how long? It's going to be cold the next day or so, and then it is supposed to jump back up to the high 50s low 60s. I had planned on planting them on Tuesday, but I may need to wait if they need time to adjust.

Thanks so much! Kim


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RE: Onion plants from Lowes... okay, I'm cheating a little bit

No they are dormant plants. Dormant plants don't need to be hardened off.

Dave


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RE: Onion plants from Lowes... okay, I'm cheating a little bit

Sweet! Because I am really looking forward to it. :)

Kim


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