Post by Stuart@AmericaLane on Oct 27, 2016 11:41:16 GMT
Hi Laura, I've dabbled with onions from seed but now days take the easy route with sets. I prefer the idea of growing from seed but you have to be well organised and i'm not always. What I would do is plant into modules. Just small ones such as 30 in a seed tray in a fine seed compost with vermiculite to cover. Do that from Feb under cover. I only have those little plastic greenhouses which are good enough. Then once they are good size seedlings with a few leaves and good roots I'll plant them out on the plot. I think the trick is to keep them undercover until the temperatures settle down in the spring, if they do. As it is the fluctuations between cold and warm that set them bolting.
One I did last year but bit late really was Zebrune. I got a few small ones but this year I'll start early to give them the best chance. Zebrune is somewhere between an onion and a shallot. The large banana shallot variety. They can get as big as a small onion. But they are far less prone to bolting and dont need such a long growing season so there is more chance of getting a decent crop.
sue Have you tried Arthur. One of the newer ones and a wonderful keeper. Easy to grow from seed,in seed trays. I also grow Bedfordshire champion from seed By sowing straight into the ground in the spring
hello laura grew shallots from seed for the first time a couple of years ago. and found they were more to our taste than onions. the seed is expensive but well worth the money. will be trying stuarts zebrune this year. one thing i have done for many years is to buy musselbugh leek seed sow the seed thickly, pull them when they are very young and use them in the same way one would pull and use spring onions.
just ordered some shallot seed from thompson and morgan called figaro. ordered four packets so should be more than enough for me wondering if you would like to try a packet stuart.? if so you can have a packet of mine. will drop them down to you. i will sow the rest into seed trays in the propagator at home should be more than enough for me so laura, if you want some of them to plant out next spring you are welcome.