I know that I can buy seeds (not talking about onion sets), but I've got two
onions that have produced nice 3" flower heads that seem to still be
blooming. What I'm wondering is how long should the flower heads be kept for
the seed to viable? I mean should the flowers all die and the head change
color or what? The flowers right now are such a light green as to almost be
When they are ripe, the flower heads will be a bleached-out tan (or
straw) color, with black seeds visible inside. Onion seeds are only
good for about 1 year, so don't try to save them for 2 or 3 years
because that doesn't work very well.
That may be so(w), Omelet, the re-seeding part that is. But it appears that
"The chive is a bulb-forming herbaceous *perennial* plant." So whether or
not you gathered all the seeds, the plant would come back year after year.
I have a small clump of chives, never gather the seeds and the clump changes
little in size from year to year.
Happy gardening! Been a cold, slow, damp summer here - still waiting for a
red tomato ;-)
I just picked my first tomatoes this weekend (that's really late.)
Won't get enough this year to can or freeze, but I've been eating lots
of tomato sandwiches and fresh salsa. The plants have just come down
with late blight; hopefully I can save them with some fungicide.
Oddly enough (but in a good way), the hot peppers have done really well
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