Red Onions - Buds Forming

Hello Everyone, I planted Red Onions from Sets at the end of March. Although they are well established, I have noticed a bud forming at the end of some stems. I am not sure if they are ready for pulling, as I have not gone below the soil to see how big they are. I planted Yellow Onions & Shallots at the same time, but there has been nothing forming on them so far. Is there anyone who can give some advice?  Thanks


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Flower stem?-remove it you do not want it wasting energy by flowering and producing seed.

    There have been a lot of reports about this- its due mostly to the topsy-turvy weather

  • Sounds like they are starting to flower. Have had the same problem myself. Use them first as they dont keep. Its all down to the weather.

  • To give it its usual name, your onions are 'bolting'. Remove these flower buds and eat straight from the garden...they won't store.

    Most common cause of 'bolting' is planting before the soil had warmed-up.

  • About half of my red onions have now bolted - and soime of my shallots as well, which has never happened before!image

  • Mine did the same pulled them up and used them as lager springs
  • Bob177Bob177 Posts: 43

    Thanks for all your help everyone, sounds like I'm not on my own. I will remove all the onions that have started to bud - there are only about 6 at the moment.

  • Bob, just remove the flower stalk and  let them grow on until you need them, but remember to use them first come harvest time.

  • Bob177Bob177 Posts: 43

    Thanks for your advice. I will remove the buds, but leave the rest in place.

  • likewise - I just nip off the buds as soon as I see them developing - onions still growing well

  • Bob177Bob177 Posts: 43

    Hi Angie, So far I have removed a single bud from 11 plants. I hope that that will be it, but with the current weather, I fear the rest are at risk.

  • colleen10colleen10 Posts: 1

    I have never grown onions of any sort and have only just found that I should have taken the flower off but can and should the whole onion be covered in  anyone tell me should the whole stem be taken off too and the growing onion be covered in soil or scrape the soil away 

    thankfully beans are flowering and potatoes also.


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