Re: [gardeners] Onions, was chives

George Shirley (
Wed, 22 Dec 1999 19:13:04 -0600

Allen and Judy Merten wrote:
> Hi Margaret,
>     Thanks for reminding me about the onion seeds viability. My Dad's
> recommendation is to forget the seeds, plant sets or transplants. That has been
> good advice so far. Last year I did get some weak transplants. Lost a couple of
> dozen. One of these days I may try the seeds just to see what my results would
> be.
>     There is a grower here in Texas that I would get my seeds from when I do
> order. I forget the name of them right now. I'll have to dig into the catalogue
> file to find them.
>     Allen
>     Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.
> margaret lauterbach wrote:
> > Allen, I think you'll be impressed with Candy onions. We planted some, but
> > things conspired against a harvest. Friends, however, said they were
> > fabulous onions. BTW, I'm sure you know the reputation allium seeds have,
> > for being viable for only one year. If you can get pelletized seeds,
> > they'll be good for five or six years. Stokes carries it, but sells a large
> > quantity at once, at a fairly hefty price. It's something to consider,
> > especially if you can get someone to split the cost and the seeds with you.
> >  Margaret L

I grew bunching onions from seed this year and had fabulous success.
Looks like every seed came up and all the transplants have been healthy
and growing well. We have them in every stage of development now.