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Offline gardenaholic

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Getting an onion to set seed.
« on: February 10, 2018, 11:08:27 AM »
If I plant a bought onion is it likely to set seed this next year.

Offline bulborum

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Re: Getting an onion to set seed.
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2018, 11:27:54 AM »
What type of onion
If a seed-onion (non hybrid) then yes

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Offline Grub

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Re: Getting an onion to set seed.
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 05:29:01 PM »
If you had planted it in spring almost certainly. Not sure what would happen if you planted it now, might just rot.
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Offline Raymondo

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Re: Getting an onion to set seed.
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 11:04:13 PM »
Since it will be going through a winter, I would say yes, in spring it should flower. However, hybrid onions these days have cytoplasmic male sterility meaning no pollen and most commercial varieties are hybrids. Still, an onion or two takes up very little space so worth a try.
Ray, gardening on an old flood plain with clay loam from 30 to 60 cm deep over clay.

Offline gardenaholic

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Re: Getting an onion to set seed.
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2018, 08:45:11 AM »
Thanks had not thought of hybrids but as Ray said why not give it a go.