Onions and potatoes

Hello everyone, I hope you're all well.


Could anyone answer my question?  We planted out chitted potatoes and onion sets around 2 weeks ago, but there's no sign of growth yet.  How long do we have to wait?



  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Sorry but, until they come up!

  • Anything from two to four weeks in my experience. Depends how deep you planted and the position. Don't be tempted to over water or they will rot. the spuds will show signs of quite dark leaves, easily missed on soil. Onions can start off slowly but often rocket once they get going.  Good luck! Hope you enjoy the wait!

  • Thank you Tootles. I don't mind waiting, it's part of what makes gardening so exciting, but it is useful to have a rough idea so I don't sit there for weeks only to find we did it all wrong. 

    I'll post some pictures when they start growing.

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    We planted 'Rocket' first earlies, and that was at the beginning of March.  We noticed leaves above ground about three days ago, and they are meant to 'rocket' skywards.  So to be fair, it can take a while.  Play a hose over them from time to time if it gets dry, as it has been over the last few days.

  • Thank you Busy Bee, all advice is appreciated.

  • No expertNo expert Posts: 415

    Don't panic Daisy it could be three weeks to a month for potatoes to show above ground. It depends on the soil temperature and as we have some cold and frosty nights the temp might not be too high.

    Busy Bee don't forget to cover the young shoots from frost if it's forecast. I have to cover up every night this week.

    The onion sets are very shallow rooting and can dryout in a fine spell like of late. Watered mine to-day. The bed was parched.

  • Planted my onions a fair few weeks back! image Romping away lovely! image


     Potatoes in bag's! New to me last year,  brilliant results! but decided that they take up to much open ground, would do the same this year! image


     Need to find a little room for the "Fruit Tree's" to do the last 5image

    Next week off! Looking forward! image

  • Oh! n the "Back Up" stock! Sat in the poly! Have really done well! 



    Now starting to get "Yellowing Tips" need to go out ASAP! 

    Don't ya just love spring! image

  • Hi, how are your tattis doing? 

    hope you've got signs of life daisyheadcass. 

    Here are mine - looking forward to mash already!



  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    I've been tipping the soil over to earth up - trouble is they just keep on coming.  Must make sure they are all covered before the end of this week just in case the forecasts are right about the frost.  Suspect whole tatty patch will look like the molehill from hell soon though.image

  • Ooh good point busy bee.  Thermals at the ready!  Just typical - I spent most of the weekend planting out only to come in and watch countryfile and the dreaded frost forecast! 

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    Well I just looked and they are already revising the lowest temps upwards here.  I've no doubt it will get colder, but I'm not convinced it will frost here, and I'm not going to panic yet.  Just keep checking I guess.

  • I agree. It was glorious here today.  The birds are still chirping away now. Only just dark too. 

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    It was lovely Tootles, wasn't it!  I was pleased to see some blackbirds and thrushes taking me up on the offer of some worms when I returned to my digging patch after a cuppa!  Lots of singing.  Heard an unusual one today, but think it was just a starling.  Usually you only hear starlings arguing and shouting at each other, but this one was alone.  And my bees are in and out enjoying a rape field at the moment.  There was quite a queue to get back in the hive, like when all the planes are circling the airport waiting for their turn to land image.

  • Nothing quite like the sound of happy and busy birds. Good for the soul to hear them I reckon. 

    Ooh yes, I've seen lots of bees too. All different kinds. They must love the glorious yellow fields.  The scent is just gorgeous.  Hope it means that you get extra lovely honey!


  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    We can hope...!  last year the bees scarcely made enough for themselves, let alone us!!

  • This might seem a daft question, however I've never grown veg before.  Is it too late to plant potatoes now? I have some chitted Maris pipers bought from the garden centre at the weekend. grateful for any advice.

  • archiepemarchiepem Posts: 1,156

    no  put them  in.  and earth up when  the first shoots  appear .image

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,907

    No it's not to late to plant spuds, I've still to plant out the last of my 2nd earlies and main crop.



  • iGrowiGrow Posts: 183
    Get them in as soon as possible...
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