growing onions from plants

VerdunVerdun Posts: 23,348

I regularly sowed onion seed over xmas holidays with good results.  However, over past couple of years I have used sets.  sets are ok but not really as good, I think.  I have now ordered onion PLANTS to be delivered in early spring.  Im hoping they will be as good as my seed sown ones but better than sets.  not too bothered really about growing huge onions but i understand plants are usually stronger, healthier and more resistant to bolting etc., than sets.  Buying plants will save me the bother of sowing seed, etc.  opinions please? 



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    It depends on how much they cost you and how much bother you attach to sowing seedsimage

    There is just something a bit more satisfyng about growing something from start to finish is how I would look at itimage

    Not sure about the bolting theory image

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,891

    I always grow sets, except once when the GC ran out of red onion sets so I bought plants. I think they were Red Baron. I didn't notice any difference at all in the result. I think onions must like it in France as they usually grow very well. I plant sets in early April and they are ready before the end of July and they keep until the following early summer.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Chunky thumbs to day Verdun?-guessing £3 plus for seeds- £9 plus for plants?image

  • Geoff I can't keep up with your aliases! image

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Everyday a new one-but still none of my disguises fool anybodyimage

  • To be frank a lad in I can only tell by the number of forum posts!! image

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Oh my golly gosh-I need helpimage

  • Ahh. This info is good. I have used sets for the past 6 years and they always bolt and i dont get many. I always thought I was just a crap onion grower lol. Whens best to plant seeds then?
  • Verdun wrote (see)
    Sam, sow seed over Xmas holidays for maximum growth. Boxing day is traditional day for it. So, get your seed now.

    Thanks for the heads up...I will do. I just need to get rid of the wireworm in the garden. They are NOT gettin onions for a second year! Grrrrrrrr image

  • Hi all, I too have been advised to grow my onions from seed that have been sown over Christmas as they are less likely to bolt. I have been recommended Bedfordshire seeds,as usual any futher advice appreciated.image

  • I was given 5 kelsea to try out this past season, did ok, but didnt keep well.What is the best compost to grow the seeds in? 

  • Norm2Norm2 Posts: 86

    Hi very interesting thread I'd really appreciate some more info please, if growing onions from seed sown at christmas time, what temperatures are you using for germination and what conditions and where /  how long do you keep the seedlings before planting them outside. Thanks in advance Norm

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