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Onion sets rotting?

Hello :-)

I planted 30 onion sets in little plant pots about 6 weeks ago and kept them inside and then slowly took them outside in the day and brought them back indoors over night. They have really good growth up top and what looks like a really good root system coming out of the bottom of the pots (possibly pot bound?) however when I felt a lot of them they seem to feel really "crispy" for want of a better phrase. Theyre certainly not lovely and round and plump. They almost feel a bit like they have rotted but not quite. Is this normal? Is there anything I can do to salvage them before planting fresh straight into the ground? Like I say, the foliage up top look great, really strong and green?

Thanks in advance :-)


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Probably nothing to worry about as the sets use all of the energy stored in the tiny bulb to grow shoots and roots.  One they get planted out they will begin to start building the bulb up again.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Sounds right to me.  The new onion will use the onion set to grow.  The onion set will rot away after it has been exhausted.

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