Amish Yellow Bottle Onions

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Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:51 am

Paquebot wrote: Wed Jul 14, 2021 3:48 pm I thought that we went through the nag thing before but must be wrong.
Yes, we did, not even a month ago! :oops:
However, it wasn't clear whether you did the leaves loosely or put the bag physically on top. I'm a literal person who needs explicit directions.

Anyway, I think I know what to do. Looking forward to planting a few onions for seed. Will plan to use a wire cage with leaves to protect them. May also do the same for my hydrangea & blueberry bushes.

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Fri Jul 16, 2021 6:19 pm

I hope to be able to have some seeds for you to get sets next year. Looks good sp far..

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Wed Jul 21, 2021 10:37 pm

Harvest of the 48 planted from sets is done. Due to April and May drought, probably 10 days early but they were done. Size also affected as the biggest would have been barely average last year. C

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Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:35 pm

Do you pull them up when they still have green leaves? Or do you leave them in the field until they're mostly brown? Dixondale has this advice:
Examine all the leaves, particularly the most recent one to appear (last leaf). The leaf sheaths mature and dry from the oldest to the youngest leaf. If you pull the onions from the soil before the last leaf is dry, rot could occur during storage. The neck cavity or top of the onion should not be sunken or soft before lifting the onions out of the soil.
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Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:31 pm

All had flopped about 2 weeks before. after that they quickly began to shrink and brown. Some had dried down to only 6" or so. After several more days on a screen, what was left was trimmed off. All should store well.

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Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:44 pm

I pulled all of my onions. Most of mine were small but I did get a few decent sized ones. One onion was a traditional round shape instead of a bottle one. Here’s a picture of my onions:
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Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:16 am

Very nice looking onions. :)
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Fri Oct 01, 2021 9:02 am

It's getting to the time of the year where one plant garlic for next year. I will be working to plant some of my bottle onions for seed production. Will make a cage for them and ensure that they have leaves to protect them from the worst of winter.
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Fri Oct 01, 2021 9:14 am

I've got a "ton" of seed for anyone wishing to get involved with saving this rare variety. No charge, just a desire to do your best like Pony did.

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Fri Oct 01, 2021 1:34 pm

would love to try some here but would they work in Wyoming?
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Fri Oct 01, 2021 3:41 pm

@Paquebot Not gonna do that again. I had a beautiful crop of your onions. Started with your seeds, saved and planted the sets and my stupid cousin came and took every single one of the onions. He said they were delicious and hoped I would be planting more >,<
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Sat Oct 02, 2021 9:10 am

If a stupid cousin were my only obstacle in saving these, I would be happy. For a time there were maybe 1 in 100 sets turned up to be white. Planted them on year and got perfect bulbs. Planted them back for seed. Just when hey were in full bloom a large branch came down from a tree and crushed them. I haven't seen a white set since. Thus a potential new long-keeper white variety was lost. That year caused a hiccup in the whole system with the result that I will not have sets to plant next year. I may not have enough years in me to see another white set.

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Sat Oct 02, 2021 11:08 am

Well my dear Martin, if you are willing to let me try again, I would love some more seeds. <3
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Sat Oct 02, 2021 1:39 pm

Anyone wanting to try them, PM a mailing address is all that's needed.

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Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:29 am

I got my seeds from Martin yesterday. Thanks!

I should be able to offer my own seeds next fall to those who are interested. Will be planting my mature onions for seed production this weekend.
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Tue Oct 12, 2021 9:40 am

My bottle onions came out of winter storage in the house in poor shape, about 1/3 were too desiccated to sprout. The hot dry summer and sandy bed were not kind to the survivors and they did not increase much in size, mostly just got back to a barely growing status. I did have one larger bulb that flowered and I saved the seeds. I hope they will be fertile.

Now this fall, after the rains started, I see the survivors which had dried down and gone dormant are putting up green leaves. They were so small and looked so bad that I didn't bother pulling them, thought they might have just dried to death in the summer heat. I will leave them alone, and see if they will overwinter in the ground and put up seed heads next summer. Unfortunately that means I have to weed that bed now, or they will be lost in the jungle next spring.
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Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:08 am

I got my seeds today :) My understanding is I plant these in about June to make sets that I save over winter and plant in 2023 for eating onions and seeds. I am in zone 5b so hoping they like it up here.
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Wed Nov 10, 2021 8:47 am

Sad news. I just saw on Facebook that @Paquebot passed away overnight. His son said that Martin wrote an obituary and will post it once he figures out how to access it. I will do my part to keep his legacy going with Amish Bottle Onions. Will miss his advice in these forums.

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Wed Nov 10, 2021 3:12 pm

Paquebot was also known for his Prairie Star tomatoes and bringing back Wisconsin 55 and Wisconsin 55 Gold. He contributed so much to the gardening world. He will be missed.
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