Cortland Onion Allium cepa
From the breeders of Copra and Prince, this yellow storage onion is considered an improvement based on its wider adaptability and storage life. Thick copper skin, fine necks, and round shape. Uniform size makes grading easy. Tolerant to Fusarium and Pink Root. Quickly becoming a standard yellow keeper for organic growers everywhere. We’ve been very impressed with Cortland under many conditions. Long day.
Days to maturity: 105 days
Evergreen Hardy Branching Onion
Bunching Clusters of 4-9 silvery shanks of non-bulbing scallion-type onions. This hardy variety reliably winters over even here in northern Vermont and other cold climates. May be sown in spring for summer use or in fall to overwinter for spring. Divide clumps in second year to produce a new crop.
Winter hardy perennial scallions come back strong from -30º F or colder. Blue-green foliage is used fresh in salads or as an edible garnish in soups and dishes. Mild onion flavor. 65 days
1/64 ounce, ~ 90 seeds, Sows ~ 10’
Mini-Perplette Onion - Allium cepa
An excellent, purple-red-skinned mini-onion. Matures early, and is most commonly harvested as a bunching onion with purple pearl ends. Has a delicate, mild flavor and turns pastel pink when cooked or pickled.
Days to maturity:65 days
Red Wing F1 Hybrid Onion Asllium cepa
The ultimate sandwich onion! Blackish, purple-maroon, glossy skin and interior ring color that continues to develop during storage. Deeper red than Red Bull, with a rounder shape. Uniform, large, round globes average 3-4”. Very hard bulbs indicate its excellent storage ability. Long day.
Days to maturity: 118 days
Organic Tadorna Leek
Winter leek with stocky, medium length, dark green shafts that size up well and hold into the fall. Tadorna is a favorite of growers in the Northeast for its vigorous growth and good resistance to disease. Tadorna is very uniform and well adapted to many regions. Over-winters in mild climates. Good resistance to leaf blights. (Allium porrum)
Can be planted indoors early and transplanted into the garden in spring.
Days to maturity: 110 days
Bandit Leeks - Allium porrum
An extremely cold-tolerant leek with superbly sweet flavor, especially after frost. Grows very thick with little bulbing, offering a lot more weight per plant. Has a deeply colored blue-green flag and stands highly erect. A great choice as a late-season leek or for overwintering in milder areas.
Days to maturity:135 days
King Richard Leek Allim porrum
Most popular leek used for summer productions. Long slender stalks have white shanks and light green shafts, with no hilling necessary. Upright plants are very straight and easy to clean. Mild flavor. Plant for summer or early fall harvests. Tolerant to light frosts.
Summer Leek Can be used like a bunched scallion or at desired size up to 1-2" thick. Slender blue green stalks can be used fresh in salads, steamed or stir fries. Not winter hardy. 60-80 days.
Summer leek with a long slender shaft, often used as a bunching leek with scallion like qualities. Light green leaves will grown 18-24” to full maturity, hill to blanch. Varna like most summer leeks is not hardy at temps below 20°F. Use as a delicious alternative to spring onions either raw in salads or lightly cooked.
1/64 ounce, ~ 90 seeds, Sows ~ 10’
|Onions grow best in fertile, well-draining soil. This should also be worked with organic matter, such as compost. Onion seeds can be planted directly in the garden bed.
However, when growing onion and leek seed, some people prefer to start them indoors. This can be done about late October to mid November.
The best time for planting onion seeds outdoors is in spring, as soon as the soil can be worked, usually around March or April. Place them about an inch deep in the soil and approximately half an inch or more apart. If planting rows, space them at least one and half to two feet apart.
When it comes to onion seeds germinating, temperature plays an active role. While typically germination occurs within 7-10 days, soil temperature affects this process. For instance, the cooler the soil temperature, the longer it will take for onion seeds to germinate up to two weeks. Warm soil temperatures, on the other hand, can trigger onion seed germination in as little as four days.
Leeks can be started indoors and transplanted as soon as the last frost has passed. The transplants can be almost as small as little hairs. Plant on moist cloudy days to keep them from drying out while you plant. The roots tend to grow together so you'll be pulling them apart and laying them out and direct sunlight can dry out and kill the little shoots. They're amazingly rugged so don't worry if you beat up the roots a little pulling them apart. A little container of water kept nearby can help you swish the roots around and get the dirt off of them and untangle them a little before you start pulling them apart.
Some leeks can be planted in late summer for a spring crop the following year, much like garlic. Once picked a new crop can be planted. If you keep up with this you can have a steady supply of leeks all year round and maybe even a cash crop if you plant enough of them. you'll need lots of compost to keep them going.
Inportant TIP!: Because the seedlings are so tiny make sure you mark them very well so you don't over plant something else where they are or step all over them when working in the garden.