Last spring I tried growing onions from seed. It's a tough process -- not the actual growing (that's easy) but the keeping alive. I planted 200 seeds, and most of them keeled over and withered away after a couple of weeks. Clearly I have a lot to learn about how to grow onions from seed.
So in the end I bought onion sets from the feed store and my onions grew beautifully.
Which begs the question... how do you "make" onion sets? How are onions sets formed? What ARE onion sets?
This question has been nagging at me, but every time I do an internet search all I get is articles on how to grow onions from sets, NOT how onion sets are formed to begin with.
So yesterday I pulled up our onions and was very pleased with what I got.
One of the plants had this at the top:
Are these onion sets?
If so, what did I do "right" in this particular case, and why didn't the other onions grow them? How can I reproduce onion sets again and again?
If there's one thing I've learned in the 5+ years I've had this blog, it's to seek the wisdom of the faithful followers. So, dear readers, what are your thoughts? How do I grow onion sets?