2016 was a very disappointing year when it came to onions. The season started off badly and never seemed to get any better.
Firstly, I tried a different approach when I sowed the seed. Instead of using a plug sheet as in the previous year, I scattered the seeds in large 2"x4" cells. I was hoping to (1) gain space under the grow lights and (2) minimize drying out of the soil as it was more difficult to tell when the plug sheet needed watering and I would tend to let them dry out too much.
All was well and good...until I had an issue with damping off and lost a good number of seedlings. Of course, grouping seedlings into one large cell means that the disease easily spread and I likely lost more than I would have had I used a plug sheet.
|Conservor shallots in 2016, succumbing to damping off|