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Sun May 20, 2012, 11:43 AM

Question from an onion novice.

This is my first year to grow onions. I have some Copras out that should mature in about a month. Can I start another planting of them then? Is it too hot in the summer or should I wait until spring?

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TNDemo May 2012 OP
NEOhiodemocrat May 2012 #1
TNDemo May 2012 #2
Javaman May 2012 #3
TNDemo May 2012 #5
Javaman May 2012 #7
HopeHoops May 2012 #4
TNDemo May 2012 #6

Response to TNDemo (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:02 PM

1. Plant more!

I put onions in whenever in the summer. They are not like spinach or peas that need the cooler weather, they should do fine.

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Response to NEOhiodemocrat (Reply #1)

Sun May 20, 2012, 05:52 PM

2. Thanks!

I may order some more sets.

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Response to TNDemo (Reply #2)

Mon May 21, 2012, 09:22 AM

3. Just remember, there are long day and short day onions.

Short day onions do better in the winter.

I'm pulling the last of my short day out now, I planted long day red onions a month ago.

what temp zone do you live in?

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Response to Javaman (Reply #3)

Mon May 21, 2012, 07:56 PM

5. I'm a zone 6B.

Are Copras long day or short day?

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Response to TNDemo (Reply #5)

Mon May 21, 2012, 10:30 PM

7. Quick research finds that Hybrid Corpas are long day. :) also excellent for your temp zone.

Also they store really well.

Good luck and post picts when you harvest.

Cheers!

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Response to TNDemo (Original post)

Mon May 21, 2012, 11:02 AM

4. The seeds are cheap. Plant every month, harvest what grows. Same with radishes and lettuce.

 

The latter two put out extensive root systems even if the produce isn't edible because of weather. That builds the soil. Onions are just good. They grow easily from seed and sets, but seed is cheaper. You can also sow them in the late summer and over-winter them for spring harvest.

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #4)

Mon May 21, 2012, 07:57 PM

6. I have some growing from seed too

But they are taking for-dang-ever.

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