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Apr 18, 2017 7:12 AM CST
We have been planting onions in our garden for at least 5 years now. Last year the onions did not do well. This is not the first year they struggled. We have tried seed, sets, and plants. The plants seem to do the best, but, last year even they did not do well. Size of onions and failure was not good. Is there something you could suggest, as we love having fresh onions from our garden?
Name: Sandy B.
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Apr 18, 2017 7:59 AM CST
Welcome to NGA, @kbandwen .

You may be growing the wrong type of onions for your location -- could you let us know where you are gardening? (If you complete your profile information by clicking on the icon at the top right of the screen, your location will show up on each of your posts.) Smiling
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Name: Dillard Haley
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Apr 18, 2017 11:47 AM CST
Type of onion can make a difference as Sandy stated. Very important is the fact that onions are a cool weather crop. Short day onions are developed to start bulbing in March. If the plant is not large enough it will try with what it has resulting in very small bulbs. They are ideal for winter growing. Long day onions do not start to bulb until June. While they will grow in Georgia, they need protection from the triple digit temps of July and August. Intermediates are in between, but should be planted (plants) in late winter early spring. Onions need loose soil and lots of N and water. (comparable to corn). There are soil borne diseases like Pink Root that raise havoc with onions. Resistant varieties are the best solution.

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