Monday, 11 November 2013

Maturity Signs and Harvesting of Onion

Maturity Signs of Onion:
1. Harvesting depends upon the purpose for which the crop is planted and maturity will depend upon the variety being used.
2. Green Bunch Onion: Green onion is best when they are of lead pencil unit a small bulb is formed.
3. Ripe Bulbs: Ripe bulb crop is ready for harvest in 3 to 4 months after transplanting. Neck fall is the indication of maturity. The best time to harvest onion is when 60 to 70% of tops have broken over. Development of red pigment and the characteristics pregnancy of the variety are also important harvest indices.
Harvesting of Onion:
If the bulbs are mature, they are pulled out easily by hand if the soil is not hard or compact, otherwise, they may be dug out with a shovel or khurpi.
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