Seed saving

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Re: Seed saving

Post: # 294057Post Weedo »

Might not be a disadvantage - many of our "new" varieties originate from plants that have naturally diverged from the norm - your new variety (the Oddy Onion?) may be a ground breaking development.
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Re: Seed saving

Post: # 294062Post Odsox »

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Spot the difference :lol:
Also rather maddening. I tried the white onion the other day, mainly because it had a flower stem that I hadn't noticed before, and needed to use it before the stem hardened.
Well ... it is one of the non-tear ones, as in no problems slicing it, and it is one that is so mild and sweet that even I can eat it raw.
I still don't know how it happened, it seems to be a grown up version of a spring onion, but I didn't allow any spring onions to mature, let alone flower.
Now if I want to continue growing this, I will have to re-plant one in the spring and isolate it from the others, save the seed to produce a crop in 2022. All because we ate the only flowering one.
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Re: Seed saving

Post: # 294063Post Green Aura »

Get to it - the odsox onion is born. :thumbright:
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Re: Seed saving

Post: # 294100Post Odsox »

Not really seed but still relevant.
I trimmed my shallots this morning after languishing on a rack in the greenhouse for a couple of weeks to ripen.
They are amazing and cheap vegetables. I have been saving this variety (Longor) for at least 10 years.
I planted 15 late last autumn and today I trimmed 156 (yes, I counted them). So even if you are short on space, in a square foot of soil, with 4 planted you could expect to get 40 back for virtually no effort.

Also, shallots have come a long way since I first started. Then they were not much bigger than garlic cloves, but now with the long varieties they compete very favourably with smaller onions.
Tony

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