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The best time to do the harvesting is during the dry season or stop irrigating 2 weeks before harvesting. Bulb onions are ready for harvesting once they form a shiny membranous cover around the bulbs or when the foliage withers. Spring onions are ready for harvesting when they are 15 centimeters tall and 1.5 centimeters thick.
Harvesting is done by pulling the bulbs and then chopping off the leaves. You then dry the bulbs in the sun before storing the produce. Make sure you cure your onions well so that they can be well stored waiting to be sold at the best time.
Challenges facing Onion Farming in Kenya
Rains or Excess Watering: Too much rains or excess watering can waterlog the crop. If the rain in your area is too much, focus on growing the crop during the short rains. You can also raise the beds to ensure the water flows out of the field. Avoid excessive watering of your onions. The best type of irrigation on onions is drip irrigation, gun irrigation, flooding Overhead irrigation should be avoided as it causes fungal diseases.