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Old September 24, 2016   #16
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The one I have came to me as "Egyptian Onion" and has red skinned topsets. Sometimes it sets a second topset above the first one - in some cases these had flowers/seed pods instead of topsets. Others had pods among the topsets.

I was happy with how well these divided in spring - pretty much three full sized green onions for every topset I planted. That is at pretty high density. I should probably dig some now they have died down and space them out or at least see whether they have any goodly sized bulbs.
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These are my F2 plants in which one is producing a scape much earlier than the others, not sure its a good thing as i may not have other plants to cross pollinate it with, i see how it goes but my aim is to get F3 seed from my 10 F2 plants

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Old August 12, 2018   #18
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Once again this year I have flowers on the Egyptian Onions. I got no seeds last time, so rereading this I think I should remove the topset bulbs to give the flowers a chance.
I was wondering what came of other people's seed?
Also wondering what alliums would cross with the topsetters. I don't have any in flower just now, there are scapes on leeks and also coming on a perennial green onion with gold skinned bulbs, but those are well behind the Egyptians which are flowering right now. Perhaps can get them to self pollinate.
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Unlike garlic, tree onions seems to have stronger flowers, so i'm unsure if there is a need to remove the bulbils, but it cant hurt by wiping them off.

Ive only managed to get to the F2 stage, but i will try again this coming summer though
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Old August 13, 2018   #20
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Thanks, Richard. I removed a few small ones, where there were a lot of flowers cw a few topsets, and just left the ones that had mostly topsets and a few flowers. I will just let those mature for planting and not worry about the few little blooms. Most of them seem to be producing a flower on the second stalk above the first round of topsets. They were close enough together to brush a few flowers against one another hoping to get the cross pollination going... haven't seen any pollinators on these although maybe it was the wrong time of day. They have a lot of competition in the herb garden, so many things are flowering just now.


I was reading that there is a topsetting type of shallot. Now that would be really cool to have! Maybe my shallots will produce some flowers next year, or eventually! on a year that the Egyptians do, and if/when that happens I'll try to create one.
Your white skinned bulb looks pretty cool btw. Look forward to see more of your growout.
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Thats something i noticed too, no pollinators, not even flies.
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My seed, from last year, was not quite mature. So, nothing germinated this spring. I removed the topsets from about a dozen plants this year, and found just one single flower that produced seed.So I have 4-5 seeds that look better than last year. On a side note, if you happen to be out among the walking onions when the flower enclosures are almost completely brown, the ones that may contain seeds will still be green.
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I'm some pleased to see others trying to stabilize the tree onion clone too, well done guys
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