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Old 02-11-2018, 11:28 AM
 
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Leave them in the ground longer and they grow bigger. (I can't believe you cannot figure this out for yourself.) And why do you want to bring up GMO onions? Usually GMO is just a breeding technique so you could have asked if there are new varieties coming on the market. There might be, but only if onion diseases or pests are becoming a problem in the areas where they are normally farmed.
Wow. Rather ask an innocent question than give a snarky wrong answer.

Leaving them in the ground longer is NOT accurate. They'll rot.

It's all about the day-light and soil conditions. And PREVENTING DISEASE, hence the very LOGICAL innocent question about GMO.

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LOTS OF PEOPLE ask about GMO onions.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I don't have a garden but am so curious WHY the onions today are so huge. I buy yellow and red onions and sometimes I think one weighs close to a lb..
Onion size will depend on variety, weather conditions, soil conditions, and spacing. Not how long it's in the ground for or whether its GMO or not.. When the stems above the ground brown and fall over that's it, they are done growing. If you leave them in the ground longer they will soften & rot. However, if you pick them too soon they will be smaller than its possible potential.


If you have compacted soil (not loose) chances are they wont grow large. If you have too much rain, not enough sun, put them too close together, chances are they wont grow large. Lastly... There's different variety of onions. Sweet, Spanish, Red, Pearl, boiling, ect ect ect.. The ones you see in the store are from a farm that grows the large type. You can ask them or maybe it's on the label what type it is.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Onion size will depend on variety, weather conditions, soil conditions, and spacing. Not how long it's in the ground for or whether its GMO or not.. When the stems above the ground brown and fall over that's it, they are done growing. If you leave them in the ground longer they will soften & rot.


If you have compacted soil (not loose) chances are they wont grow large. If you have too much rain, not enough sun, put them too close together, chances are they wont grow large. Lastly... There's different variety of onions. Sweet, Spanish, Red, Pearl, boiling, ect ect ect.. The ones you see in the store are from a farm that grows the large type. You can ask them or maybe it's on the sticker what type it is.
Thanks for your explanation. The ones I just got yellow and bermuda (red) both have USA labels on them. Some times we do get them from Mexico and I've seen the sweet ones from GA in our market, they are delightful.

I didn't think my question was so outlandish..I can usually figure a lot of things out but I'm not up on sizes of onions.

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