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Northwest New Jersey
Mar 26, 2018 3:45 AM CST
Good morning I have a bit of a problem. We had a heater malfunction and the greenhouse was filled with smoke from a diesel or heating oil heater. It ended up burning the onion sets with about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch on the tips. Should I trim off this dead part or leave on to grow out? The onions are about 3-4 inches tall with a small bulb. I'm afraid to trim this due to dwarfing the sets. Any info would help. Thank you
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Mar 26, 2018 10:20 AM CST

That's scary! I'm not sure what you mean by 'burning'. Too hot? Smoke? I wouldn't worry about the onions though. If there is still green, they are still alive. The burned tips are cosmetic - it is not effecting the health of your plants. IF the leaves continue to die, then you have a ploblem.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Mar 26, 2018 10:22 AM CST
I'd just leave them alone.
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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Mar 26, 2018 10:27 AM CST
LIsten to Phil, he often drops cigar ashes on the tips of his onions and that does them no harm. Rolling on the floor laughing

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