SAVING ONION SEEDS  

SAVING ONION SEEDS

Onion Seed

Onion Seed

Onion Seed Onions going to seed

HOW DO I SAVE THE SEEDS WHEN THE GREEN ONIONS GO TO SEED SO THAT I CAN PLANT THE FOLLOWING YEAR?

Saving onion seeds
It is easy to save onion seed, all you have to do is wait until the flowers begin to dry out and the seeds are ready to fall. Don’t wait to long or you will loose your seeds to the earth.
When the onions seeds are black and they fall out easily harvest the flowers and put them in a bag or on a tray and rub those until the seeds fall out. If the onion seeds are not black and if the seeds do not fall out easily then the onions are not ready to harvest.

Onions are a biennial plant which means that they go to seed the second year. Sometimes sets will go to seed the first year but you don’t want to save seed from first year seeders as you should collect your seeds from plants with the most desirable characteristics.

Onions can also be hybrid or open pollinated and you need to save seed from open pollinated varieties if you want them to be true to seed. Open pollinated seeds will produce off spring with the same characteristics as the parent plant. Hybrids produce unpredictable seeds.

The onions in the picture are Walla Walla’s and they are an open pollinated variety that produces a sweet early onion. We save our best keepers and replant them in the late fall or early spring with lots of mulch over their tops. The next season they produce a seed head and we collect their seeds when they are black and fall easily from the plant.

Plant a seed and watch it grow!

Farmer Dave

Let me know if this answers your question

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SAVING ONION SEEDS

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Thanks Much!
by: Anonymous

You did good and I'll sure be following you advice and hoping for the best. *smile*

That's Shallot
by: Anonymous

Shallots, or scallions, are onions!

Onion seeds
by: Anonymous

Hi there,

If I want onion seeds for the next season, do I just leave an onion in the gorund and it will go to seed?

Felicia

Onion Seeds
by: Farmer Dave

If you are buying onions that are flowering and you can keep them alive they will go to seed but if they are not from open pollinated seeds then you won't know what you are going to get. I would suggest starting from an open pollinated seed and then save seeds from that. It is a lot of work to save seeds so start with the right parent plant.
Good luck

ONION SEEDS FRON FLOWERING STALKS
by: DAHALAN

Interesting Dave !! I am from Malaysia. We don.t grow onions here. We grow only shallots. Neither do we grow garlic.

I notice on our wet market flowering onions on stalks.I buy some. I try to nurse them for seeds. What is my chance of success Dave?

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