To keep the onion long after harvest, it must be carefully prepared for this period: how to dry, properly cut the tops and roots and sort the fruits, removing substandard.
Mass lodging of leaves is the first signsThe fact that the onion-turnip is ready for harvesting. In the central part of Russia this phenomenon can be observed most often in the middle-end of August (this depends on the weather). In general, it is very important to choose the right time for harvesting onions, because the quality of fruits and their keeping quality during storage depends on it. If you remove the onion too soon, during storage, you can lose most of the crop, since the scaly flakes have not yet formed, and the bulb neck did not have time to close, which is a favorable factor for penetration into the fruit of pests. If the onion is removed too late, then the onion maintenance will be minimal, as the roots can re-grow, and this significantly reduces the resistance of fruits to diseases.
So, as soon as it's time to harvest the harvest(Lay onion tops), then you can not delay with cleaning. Wait for the dry windy weather and take the onions from the ground (most often on easy land it is enough to simply take the onions by the feathers and pull them out, on the heavier ground, without prematurely digging the fruits can not do). After removing the onion from the soil, it is necessary to clean it from the ground. It is best to do this gently with your hands, do not tap the bulbs, as this can lead to their subsequent decay. Next, the onion should be expanded in rows to dry, and drying should take place at least 10 days. Dry the onion in a well-ventilated room, and if possible, take the crop to dry on the street, especially in sunny weather.
How to cut an onion after harvesting
After the onion dries, you can proceedIts pruning. To do this, you need to carefully remove the exfoliated scales and trim the leaves, leaving a neck five to six centimeters long. As for the roots, then cut them better with a sharp knife under the bottom, while trying not to damage the bulbs themselves.
How to store onions at home
Approximately until November, you can store onions inUnheated space (garage, shed, summer kitchen), and with the onset of frost - exclusively in the apartment, or any other room where the air temperature is above 10 degrees Celsius, and the humidity does not exceed 60%. You can store onions in an apartment in a wooden box with a lot of holes, and in a stocking, in a wicker basket, and in a cloth bag, but most housewives prefer to knit braids from a bow and hang them in the kitchen where they do not interfere.
If you want your onion harvest keptLong, then try at least once a month to sort out the onions and throw spoiled vegetables. A lot of time this procedure does not take, but the storage of onions will increase at times.