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  • Joined Feb 2009
Japanese onions
« on: March 13, 2009, 07:29:47 pm »

I am new to veg growing so apologies if this is a daft question.

But I planted some japanese onions late last year, although they are growing quite well. I have pulled one up and the bulb is very soft and mushy.

Is this normal, will they harden up, or are they just rotting.


  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Japanese onions
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2009, 08:15:05 pm »
I'm no expert but it doesn't sound good to me. When shoudl they be ready for harvesting?


  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Fife
    • North Fife Blog
Re: Japanese onions
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2009, 09:21:05 pm »
Sounds like the frost was maybe too much for them?? The ones I had left out accidently over the winter felt like the way you describe it. :&>

Birdie Wife

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Japanese onions
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2009, 12:44:18 pm »
I think it's probably entirely normal - the set shrinks when the tip starts growing.  If the growing tip is green and firm then I wouldn't worry.  My jap onions have been down to -10degC with no ill-effects later on, they really are fanstastically hardy.  The bulbs should start firming up in the next couple of months and be ready for July-ish.


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