Question: What happens if you harvest onions too early?

Is it OK to harvest onions early?

Recently I learned onions can be harvested for immediate eating at any time! Early in the season they are like scallions: green onions with no bulb. If you have several onions that have sized up, harvest the ones with the thickest necks first. The thick necks dont dry well so those onions will not store very long.

What will happen if the onions are not taken out at the right time?

Everyone at home will have to work to take the onions out. It is important that this should be done at the right time. If we are late, the onions will rot in the ground itself and all our hard work will be wasted.

What happens if you plant onion sets too early?

Onions need a long growing season to ripen into the large golden globe you are hoping for so it is worth starting them off early. Onions are also photothermoperiodic (new word!) The onions will root and produce leaves straight away and will grow happily in a plug tray until they are planted our in March/April.

Can I plant autumn onion sets in spring?

Autumn onion sets are planted in September or October; or, if you are lazy like me, in November. These sets are immature baby onions. They dont grow much over winter, but get a head start in spring. Plus, youll plant more onions again in spring; this lot is just a bonus early harvest.

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