Onions sprouting

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by sullen, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. sullen

    sullen Question Answerer

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    Excuse me if this is a dumb question, but I am new to gardening...I have about 2 dozen yellow onions that I never used this winter because they were too small, (like a pearl onion) and now they are sprouting. Can I plant them? Most are about an inch tall, green coming out like a chive. If I can't plant them are they good for anything besides target practice?
    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Paquebot

    Paquebot Well-Known Member

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    Sure, you can plant them. Consider them as over-sized sets. However, don't expect to get a larger onion from them. As soon as they have produced 3 or 4 leaves, they will produce a seed stalk. That's not what you want. So, eat them as scallions/green onions as soon as they've reached eating size.

    Martin
     

  3. GrannySue

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    Plant those babies!!!

    One way to TRY to prevent the seed stalk from forming is to keep them well blanched and bend over the leaves, keeping them bent by wrapping a rubber band around them.

    One other thing I've done is to keep the tops cut off about 3 - 4 inches above the ground.

    These tips do NOT always work, but I've used both with a little bit of success.

    Sue
     
  4. sullen

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    I was hoping to get a larger onion out of them, they are yellow onions, after all. But I will try all the suggestions put forth. Thanks!
     
  5. jkillen

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    I have some onions that sat in the ground all winter, started them too late,
    now that the wether has gotten warm I've started to fertilize them and
    I see groth on the onion part. I don't really know much about onions but
    I guess it never hurts to try.
     
  6. Hank - Narita

    Hank - Narita Well-Known Member

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    You can also put the bottoms of the scallions back in the garden and they will grow a new onion.