Onion Neck Rot, is there any hope?

jrei at uswest.net jrei at uswest.net
Mon Aug 28 22:27:45 EDT 2000

I haven't gotten in on all of this but we have seen more neck rots this year and have
traced some of it back to overhead watering of damaged tops. The bacteria cultured was the
same as that in our irrigation water.

Joel@ Territorial

David Inglis wrote:

> We have found neck rot to be closely tied to thrips. I believe secondary
> bacterial infection enters through thrip damage and 'drips' down to the
> necks. We pull onions if the thrip damage is bad and the conditions are
> moist. They wont store all that long anyway because the necks wont be dried
> down and tight but at least they will be salable 'fresh'.
> So my short answer is; control thrips.
> Dave Inglis
> Mahaiwe Harvest C.S.A.
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