Ask a Question forum: Onions Didn't Form Bulbs

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Mar 28, 2017 12:09 PM CST
Hi, I live in San Francisco, and I bought two onion sets last May (I didn't realize it was that long ago until I looked up my receipt). They were Wethersfield Red and Yellow Rock. They grew, but never formed bulbs. They're in full sun, well draining soil, and are spaced about 3 inches apart. I was wondering if you had any idea why this may be? Also, they are still in the ground, so should I pull them at this point and start over?

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Name: tarev
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Mar 28, 2017 12:19 PM CST
Maybe temperature has affected it. I saw this article, it explains why onions would cease growing bulbs:
Name: Dillard Haley
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Mar 28, 2017 1:52 PM CST
Those varieties are triggered to bulb in June. They are long day onions. The plant has to be established when the appropriate daylight hours occur. They are also biennials, so if you planted then sometime last May, they should produce seed ( bolt) this year.

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