What's wrong with my onions

I'll admit I'm not the best with growing veg, but I'm pretty sure they shouldn't look like this? They look to be wilting to me but the soil is moist enough? I've got a picture bit can't post it from my phone!


  • LeggiLeggi Posts: 489
    A picture would make it easier, but generally the tops flop over when they're about ready to dig up. I hope that's all it is image
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    If they're nearly full size (well - they won't get a lot bigger now), as Leggi says, this normally happens.  Leave them for a few weeks to ripen in the hot sunshine (you can now let the weeds grow round them - it helps) then harvest when the foliage has died down. 

  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Most onions at our allotment site have got downy mildew on them this year

  • cowslip2cowslip2 Posts: 93

    I feel pretty sure Yorkshiremans problem is the long dry spell. Onions are shallow rooting and have suffered this year. My large onion bed have all wilted in quite a different way to the natural autumn gradual  ripening we are used to. They look in a sad state.

  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 432

    Mine have flopped I thought it was them nearly ready for lifting it seems funny that they have done it just after a few days when it has rained well so the aren't dry.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Mine which have been well watered, luckily, are looking great. Some top growth has flopped, but they are growing dramatically. One or two are small and getting their skin, but the rest are doing ok.

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     Got a picture finally!

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Nothing wrong with those, top growth has just become a bit heavy for them, some I planted early look exactly the same, the bulbs will still be growing and the weather has been so hot they may be ripening early. I really wouldn't worry.

  • Thank you all for the advice! Much appreciated!
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