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I know that Walla Wallas don't store well and that onions will seed the second year. If I want to harvest Walla Walla seeds, do I just leave the onions in the ground? Will they make it to year two? How do we harvest seeds from Walla Wallas?
 
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I don't know how winter hardy Walla Walla onions are in your location.  I'd recommend leaving them in the ground. If they are larger than a golf-ball going into winter, then I'd expect them to flower the next year. If you want to hedge your bets, you could try storing some indoors, but that seems kinda iffy for Walla Walla.

Harvest seeds when the seed pods start to dry down. I harvest them, and toss them into an open bucket and allow them to continue maturing. At my place, grasshoppers are voracious predators of onion seed, therefore, I tend to harvest about the time that the grasshoppers start eating the seeds, even if that seems a bit immature. If I see any black seeds in the head, that's plenty mature.  Once the pods are dry, I crush them between gloved hands, sieve them, then winnow.
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Good age to harvest onion flowers... This seed head didn't get pollinated well, but it's the photo that was available.
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Onion flowers.
 
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Thank you very much! Very helpful.
 
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