red onions

planted red onions sets14th april there is only 1 coming through the soil,do you think there is something wrong.


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,900

    If one's up the others should follow soon. You did leave the onion tips poking up above the earth didn't you?

  • bluejanbluejan Posts: 80

    no, I take it I should have, new to veg growing any tips welcome thanks

  • bluejanbluejan Posts: 80

    Should I take some soil away from top?

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    How deeply did you plant them, bluejan? Unless you absolutely smothered them they should emerge.

  • Brycey DBrycey D Posts: 55

    On this theme, I have had Shallots and Red Onion sets in cells which I intend planting out.....some of the shoots are now 6inches! I wasnt expecting them to be this long and cant plant out coz of the weather up here, still cold and raining constantly. Should I clip the shoots before planting out? Have they been in the cells too long? 

    Thanks for any advice


  • bluejanbluejan Posts: 80

    uncovered them this morning can see most of them no sign at all of some, don't no where they have gone.

  • archiepemarchiepem Posts: 1,156

    looks like they have rotted plant some more wih the tips above the soil .i start mine  in plastic modules . and the red onions are slower than the whites . good luck . and keep the faith

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,907

    Brycey D - your onions are fine and growing well, onions aren't clipped back, just wait till the soil is warm enough in your area to plant out, I'm in the NW and mine went out weeks ago but I'm in a sheltered spot.

    Check to see if the roots are coming out of the bottom of your modules, if not then they aren't root bound and should be ok.

  • Brycey DBrycey D Posts: 55

    Thankes Zoomer, had a look and there are roots coming through...tell me all is not lost! Do you think I can rescue them by planting out?




  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,907

    image all is not lost. I'm confident they'll still be OK with some roots coming through.

    Is it still fairly cold in Glasgow.

    After mine went out they had a couple of nights of frost but are still OK. Plant them out and if frost is forecast cover them with fleece.   

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,159

    Mine went out on April 14th - last day before foot op so they had to go in - and are only just shooting now.  We've had some frost but also some very dry weather so i watered them on Friday and bingo, shoots.   I still have half the packet to plant but they'll just have to wait another week or so till I'm mobile again.

    The Vendée, France
  • Brycey DBrycey D Posts: 55

    Great folks, I'll get them out this weekend and hopefully they'll be sortedimage


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,900

    I hope your foot op went well obelixx and it isn't too painful. I hope the garden waits for you, anyway sounds as though it won't be very long.

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