Tuesday 26 October 2021

In My Seed Box for 2022 - Onions

I have grown Onions from seeds in the past and was quite successful but for the last few years I have been using sets. I did have problems with white rot on Mill Green Plot 1A and I tried growing on the new plot on Spencer Road and still had white rot problems. 

I think the art is to watch and harvest as soon as one sees the signs of white rot and of course rotate the crops on the plot. Now that I have an additional half plot, I have decided that it's once again time to try growing Onions from seeds. 

Looking at the seeds that I have in my business card zippy bags they have sow by dates of  2015 & 2016 and I have decided to put these to one side as germination may not be as good.

The anticipated life of onion seeds is 2 to 4 years so I will try the 2019 - 2022 varieties as well as giving some of the older varieties a chance.  

Review of Seed Stock in Packets with sow by from 2019 - 2022

Hylander F1                    -    75 Seeds - Marshalls                       - £1.95 - Sow By 12/2020
Red Baron                       - 175 Seeds - Thompson and Morgan  - £2.99 - Sow By 12/2019
Red Baron                       - 175 Seeds - Thompson and Morgan  -  Mag  - Sow By 09/2021
Red Baron                       - 175 Seeds - Mr Fothergill's (GYO)     -  Mag  - Sow By 09/2022
Senshyu Yellow               - 400 Seeds - Premier Seeds Direct    -     99p - Sow By 09/2022
Fasto F1                          - 350 Seeds - Marshalls                       -            - Sow By 09/2022

Review of Seed Stock in Packets with sow by Dec 2024

Welsh Onion                    - 250 Seeds - D.T.Brown                     -  £2.19  - Sow By 12/2024

New 2021!  Welsh Onions - D.T.Brown 

Despite its common name, this perennial onion is widely grown in its native China and Japan. Virtually evergreen, this versatile onion is great for giving a continuous supply of leaves and 'spring' onions through the year, plus white flowers in summer. It has a slightly stronger flavour than chives.

New 2021 Shallot Simiane - 150 Seeds - Dobies - Cost £2.99 - Packed Year Ending 2021
Germination  10 - 14 Days

Alphabetical Listing of Onions I have grown

                                          Sowing           Sowing       Planting          Harvesting
                                          Indoors          Outdoors       Out     

Ailsa Craig                         Dec - Mar                                                Aug - Sept
Bedfordshire Champions                       Mar - Apr                             Aug - Sept
Ciboule Red Dragon                              Mar - Apr                             Aug - Nov
Fasto                                 Jan- Mar       Mar - Apr         April            August - September     
Giant Zittau                                            Mar - May                           July - Sept 
Hylander F1                      Jan - Apr                                                 July - Aug
Red Baron (T&M)                                   Mar - Apr                            Aug - Sept
Red Baron (Fothergill's)    Jan- Mar       Mar - Apr          May           August - September
Senshyu Yellow
Welsh Onion                      Feb - Apr      Mar - Sept                         March - Oct Once Established

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