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There is not a lot I can do now but I am finding my storage of onions this year is not good.  I had a fantastic crop of lovely large onions but sadly a lot of them are rotting early.  I have never had this problem before so just wondering if any one else has found that their onions are not keeping - this is just to boost my morale!.image


  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Forester I don't know, wonder if some types store better than others, or if when they were harvested and how long they dried out makes a difference, but will say a lot of onions that I buy don't save as they used to do. I'm sure someone will have some knowledge.

  • Forester did they bolt?

    I had agreat crop of onions this year my best ever but the reds nearly all bolted and some of them are rotting. The white ones are still finw so far.

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Hello No Expert - no they didn't bolt - in fact several of my fellow allotment holders gazed enviously at them as they were such a good crop!  My uneducated guess is they didn't have long enough to dry off before I stored them as Kef mentions, or it may be the variety. They were bought from Wilkinsons and  I have been buying from them for quite a few years now.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,341

    Bedfordshire champion are good keepers, but to keep well in the winter, they need to have been ripened off properly before storage.

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  • We had a long drought here this summer and it was no problem drying the onions. I built s=a roof with plywood for the later ones to keepthem dry.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,031

    My brother the big veg farmer grows onions for supermarkets - he said he's found that onions with a more oval shape, pointy at the top, store much better than those with 'shoulders'.  When buying onions loose in the supermarket I always select for that shape and it seems to work.  

    He also said that in his experience red onions do not store as well as white ones - they seem to hold on to much more moisture. 

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  • Can't grow onions to save my life. At the end of the season bulb is the same size as when planted. Live in Colorado 7,600 ft. Friends plant same variety and they grow large onions. Help.

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Ask your friends Sandra, that is if they live in the same area of Colorado as you, as they will be able to help you better than us in this damp island of ours.

  • GWRSGWRS Posts: 7,788

    We grew some Winter onions and they where well and truly dry , however , some didn't last this year , perhaps one of those things but some people reckon these don't store so well but have been OK before . Trying a different variety this year

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