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Richard Watson

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Stabilizing the Walking Onion F1 Hybrid
« on: 2018-12-24, 12:09:31 PM »
So far I've managed to get as far as the F2 line as the last two years there's been no seed set. Last growing season and not by design ended up sowing the bulbils much later than i would,  late summer, so the results are a shorter plant of 60cm tall and has 2x the amount of flowers over previous years , planting the bulbils later may not be why a different growth habit, we are currently having a start to summer that is quite rare- wet cool and cloudy, normally the hills are changing to a light terracotta colour and the fire bans have been declared, but then this sort of weather is what the Allium family love, my other onions are the best they have been for a few years. But maybe this has helped with the number of flowers per scape?.


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Re: Stabilizing the Walking Onion F1 Hybrid
« Reply #1 on: 2019-02-12, 12:18:12 PM »
Managed to get 9 seeds which is not as much as I would have thought I was going to get considering the number of flowers, oh well it F3 seed, now hopefully they can germinate.



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Re: Stabilizing the Walking Onion F1 Hybrid
« Reply #2 on: 2019-02-12, 12:40:47 PM »
Looks very interesting! Good luck with those seeds.

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Re: Stabilizing the Walking Onion F1 Hybrid
« Reply #3 on: 2019-02-12, 07:13:48 PM »
Richard: For good seed set do you remove the bulbils like you would in garlic?

I haphazardly attempted hand pollinating some of the walker flowers this last year but with no luck.

I've thought it would be interesting to cross walkers with bulbing onions because of the extreme drought tolerance that I've seen in walkers. Have you attempted any crosses like this?
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Re: Stabilizing the Walking Onion F1 Hybrid
« Reply #4 on: 2019-02-12, 09:39:17 PM »
Yes I did take off the bulbils. I noticed hover flies were the insect that were attracted to the flowers