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    All along I have thought my onions were trucking along so good. They have their 7+ leaves and are pushing 2.5' tall, were they not bent over. Some already have scapes. The stalks of the plants are well over an inch thick and they are not really bulbing up on the onion itself. There is SOME thickening of the bulbs but not what you expect to see as an onion. I have always heard that each leaf = a layer of the onion itself, which is why I was thinking all is looking good!
    Not sure the cultivars but I got purple and yellow onion "starts" from the local feed & seed store. Planted them out in the fall. They are much thicker than any of the ones i see in online pictures and videos.
    First time trying onions, but the research I've done suggests growing them in sand/compost mixture. These are* growing in a raised bed, with excelent soil. "Bulbs" were planted about 1.25" deep, putting the growing tip about 1/4" below the soil surface.

    I plan to leave them grow until they start dying out since they are doing "so well"....

    no soil test done, all organic, mostly a mix of purchased unfertilized potting soils/compost/Black Kow/etc.

    (I can get a picture shortly if anyone wants to see what I am talking about)


    *lets hear some suggestions and ideas*

    Questions are:

    Did I plant them too deep?
    Soil too rich or heavy causing top growth instead of bulb development?
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    notice the stems compared to the 2x10 planter frame.
    Also the squashes(from seed) are full of blooms and happy as can be. We will be picking a couple of Crooknecks in the next 2-3 days.

    *Side note*
    the yellow squashes actually put out female blossoms before males which was surprising to me...

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    Onions can be imprecise on maturity. Variety, soil, climate all affect number of days. 100-120 days for most varieties is normal if you used "starts" . If you planted them in the fall, you are probably past 150 days..

    One sure way to gauge maturity is to watch for the "crown" to rupture the surface of your bed. Additionally the tops falling over like the ones in your photo are indicative of maturity.. Leaving your onions in the dirt too long won't guarantee you more size or yield and can make them more prone to disappointing you by having internal decay due to over watering and/or heat.. I'd pull em and eat them.
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    thank you, Nitro, for your response.

    anyone else got any ideas as to what i have done wrong or suggestion as to what to change for next time?

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    I would plant my onions in a separate bed or rows. Space them welll and don't fertilize after January. They will be too hot to eat..
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    ten fo.

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    I've heard the best fertilizer for yellow onions is burnt motor oil.

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    yes indeed.

    unfortunately fertilizer is not quite the solution for the issues I'm facing (this time).
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    .49/lb @ BI-LO this week for Vidalia. You can buy um cheaper than you can grow um. I learned my lesson years ago but keep trying
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    Mine have been in the ground since first of Feb and look just like that.


    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleSprig View Post
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    notice the stems compared to the 2x10 planter frame.
    Also the squashes(from seed) are full of blooms and happy as can be. We will be picking a couple of Crooknecks in the next 2-3 days.

    *Side note*
    the yellow squashes actually put out female blossoms before males which was surprising to me...
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    Did y’all plant bulbs or sets? There are short day and long day varieties. You will get bigger onions by planting sets. Order from dixondale.

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    Bulbs will give you “spring “onions.

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