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Posted June 10, 2012 - 12:35 AM

Ok so some of the onions that I planted back in april are shooting and I have read that I should pull them up because they will not grow anymore. What say you guys?

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Posted June 10, 2012 - 07:38 AM

When you say shooting, do you mean going to seed? If so, I'd pull them. I don't know if they continue to grow after that or not, but they do seem to lose flavour. I'd also replant the seeds to get green onion shoots.
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Posted June 10, 2012 - 10:22 AM

When you say shooting, do you mean going to seed? If so, I'd pull them. I don't know if they continue to grow after that or not, but they do seem to lose flavour. I'd also replant the seeds to get green onion shoots.


I agree. If they are starting to seed, you will want to pull them up. This is how it is for a lot of vegetable plants. I know with my broccoli plants, after they start to seed the broccoli starts to get bitter.
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Posted June 10, 2012 - 11:37 AM

If they produce a hard stem in the middle you need to pull them as well.
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Posted June 11, 2012 - 10:03 PM

I always take the seedheads off my onions and garlic for the reasons mentioned. The only reason to leave them is if you wanted to save the seed.

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Posted June 11, 2012 - 11:36 PM

The first planting of onions I did numbered about 28 plants. I think that only three are shooting, or seeding. It looks like they are sprouting a round shaped stem with what looks like a leaf or peddle on the top of it. If I cut them off will the onion keep growing?

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 09:23 AM

They sure will. The seedheads are kind of a cone shape and as was said the onions will have better flavor if the head is removed.
If you had a lot of them,I've heard they were tasty in stir fry, but have never tried that. Same is true for Galic seed heads.
My Sweet onions are bulbing up nicely right now.




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