QUESTION: Harvesting Onions

comments (4) January 14th, 2011

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WHAT AM I DOING WRONG WHEN HARVESTING MY ONOINS? THEY ARE SPOILING BEFORE WE USE THEM. I WAIT TILL THEIR GREENS DIE, THEN I HANG THEM IN OUT BASEMENT IN THE DARK. PLEASE HELP ME OUT. I ENJOY GROWING MY OWN VEGETABLES AND THE ENJOYMENT SHOULD LAST ALL WINTER. 


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harrywhite21 writes: Incredibly Awesome
Posted: 4:45 am on June 15th
Thanatop writes: I would look closely at the varieties of onion that you are growing. In general, there are sweet onions and storage onions. Sweet onions, as their name implies, tend to have more flavor. Often these are the choice of gardeners because their names tend to be more recognizable. Sweet onions will generally store up to 4 months, but 4 months only under optimal conditions. Storage onions, as their name implies, are better suited for long term storage. For your 2011 plantings, I would seek storage varieties and see if you can make them last longer. You can also grow a mix of both - just be sure to eat the sweet onions first. Best wishes.
Posted: 3:30 pm on January 21st
sheilab writes: Have you checked the level of moisture in your basement? This can affect storage time. Also, the temperature makes a difference. Optimum temperature range is 5-10 degrees c. I have not found my basement to be the best place to store root vegetables so have been storing them successfully in an insulated shed. A root cellar would be ideal. (on my wish list for next summer!)
Posted: 10:22 am on January 18th
Ruth writes: Have you read our article on growing onions from seed? There's a discussion of harvesting and storing at the end of this story. http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4076/how-to-grow-onions-from-seed
Posted: 10:18 am on January 17th
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