(125 days) Open-pollinated. Long day. These large onions are renowned for their mild flavor as soon as they come out of the ground. Said to have originated in the French island of Corsica and been brought to Washington by a French soldier, this onion became famous in the Pacific Northwest for its juicy sweet flavor and has been in commerce since around 1900. In WA it can be wintered over. In our harsher zone it must be sown in the spring for fall harvest. They do not store. Also available as seed.
This item will drop-ship priority mail directly to you from our supplier according to your planting zone (please see below). If you would like to request a different shipping week than the one recommended for your zone, just drop us a note as you're checking out with your order, and we'd be happy to accommodate you!
Allium cepa Onion plants are drop-shipped by Priority Mail directly to you from our Texas supplier, so shipments can arrive from January through April according to your planting zone.
Onion plant ship dates
Zones 9, 10
Zones 4, 3, 2
Onions are dug as live plants from the field; shipping schedule may change due to weather conditions or other variables. You will be notified via email when your order has shipped.
When Your Onion Plants Arrive
Remove plants from the box immediately! They may seem a little peaked from travel, but don’t fret! Just tease apart the bundles and transplant the bare-root seedlings directly into spring garden beds. Plant them in the ground as soon as possible, watering well. If you can’t plant immediately, spread plants out in a cool well-ventilated place. If necessary, place roots only in water for a few hours, taking care to keep the tops dry. After planting, keep onion plants well watered and well weeded.
Planting instructions (for conventional growing) will arrive with your shipment. As always, a professional soil test should guide your fertilization program. Onions are particularly sensitive to deficiencies in calcium and sulfur, and require steady nitrogen availability through the season. Band a balanced slow-release fertilizer like soybean meal or NutriVeg into your planting row at 2 lbs per 100 row feet, or a couple teaspoons per transplant hole. Water seedlings in well with fish hydrolysate with kelp (diluted at 2 oz per gallon water). Repeat the fish/kelp fertigation or side-dress with a readily available N source like blood meal several times throughout the season.