Onion Sets

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Does anyone know where I can purchase onion sets NOW to hold over and plant in the spring. If so, how do you keep them? What if they freeze? How do I keep them from season to season?

Thanks for any help.


-- Betty Gallagher (comanche6@earthlink.net), November 27, 1999


Betty: I don't know where you can purchase them this late, but I have kept them over without any problem. Keep them in darkness with cool temperatures, (above freezing). About 3-4 weeks before you want to set them out, move into light with warmer temperatures and they will start to sprout. LOL

-- Marci (ajourend@libby.org), November 28, 1999.

Hi Betty: I don't know when spring is for you. I live in the dirty south, and will plant my onion sets in Feb. Gurney's Seed Catalog is where I got mine this year. Try www.gurneys.com or 110 Capital st. yankton, SD.57079. Keep them dry, dark, and don't let them freeze.

-- Lawson Moore (marmerduke@aol.com), January 12, 2000.

Last year, I started onions from seed for the first time plus some from commercial sets to hedge my bets. I selected a yellow and a red variety of both but I didn't know what varieties the sets were. I used seed from o.p. onions known for their keeping qualities. The onions were pulled, cured and stored alike but onions from sets began sprouting almost immediately. I think I may have 3-4 from both types grown from seed in the basement that have begun to sprout but the rest are fine. I'm using the tops as green onions so it's no great loss to have a few sprout. After this little experience, I don't plan to mess with sets again. The seed is extremely easy to start and as they can go into the garden, they relieve my itch to get growing the earliest.

-- Marilyn Dickerson (rainbow@ktis.net), January 18, 2000.

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