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Hi to all

i started onion sets indoors about 2 months ago.

They had about 5 inches of green stalks and a very healthy root system.

I then planted them out into the garden about 1-2 weeks ago.

Today i went to look at them as they didnt seem to be showing much more foilage.

when i lifted one of them the bulbs all looked as if they were shrinking and withering !!

almost like "saggy" skin. not firm as i expected.

Could someone please help me and tell me the possible cause and......

is it too late to plant out new onion sets ??

i live in kent if thats any help

much obliged for all feedback

many thanks


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,058

    Hi Dave, did you harden them off before planting out?  If not, they will have had a bit of a shock and will sulk for a while before resuming growth.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Agree with verdun try to plant it on different spot... Generally, growing onions from sets is easier and more reliable than from seed and in cooler, damper areas

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Surely that is how they grow?  Or have I misunderstood.  The new growth and ultimately the new onion will use up the set you planted.


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