Thursday, February 24, 2011

Second Chance for the Onions?

In a panic, I caved and bought a table top grow light. I got it on sale so I felt better about it. I put my onion seedlings under it for a few days to see if it was the lighting that was doing them in. They seem to be rebounding a bit. They're looking straighter and a little more perky. Maybe they have a second chance?

Thank you to all of you who offered advice and comments. I don't think it was a water problem because I kept them on the drier side. I will try giving them a light fertilizer to see if that helps.

1st sowing - Walla Walla Onions
This one looks the most pathetic. Remember though, this is the one I overdoses on light in the beginning. I had spaced it and forgot to turn off the lights so for a bit, they were getting 24hrs of light. DUH! The seedlings in this bunch are very thin.

2nd sowing - Copra Onions
These look that best out of the bunch. They've rebounded nicely and almost all of the onion seedlings are now standing straight (with the help of an overhead growlight).

2nd sowing - Walla Walla Onions
These look a little better than before. Hopefully they're salvageable.

If all else fails, I will bite the bullet and purchase onion sets. But for now, I haven't quite given up hope!


meemsnyc said...

I have seeds of onions from last year, but i hear onion seeds don't keep so I don't know if they will germinate. Guess I'll try them anyway.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

I hope all of them will bounce back with the new gadget.