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Dakota Tears

Dakota Tears Onion OG

(112 days) Open-pollinated long-day type. Another Dave Podoll breeding breakthrough, Dakota Tears was more than 20 years in the making. Though you might cry when you cut one open—their flavor is robust and oniony—you won’t weep about their impressive production of very hard yellow bulbs with medium-thick necks averaging 1 lb each with no doubles. Though March would be a more appropriate starting date in our latitude, these matured in late September from an early April start and stored well for Dyrek. Holli Cederholm says hers keep till May under good storage conditions. 2009 Fedco introduction. OSSI. Seed purchased directly from the independent breeder.
Item Discounted
2489A: 1/16oz for $2.00  
2489B: 1/8oz for $3.70  
2489C: 1/2oz for $9.20  
2489D: 1oz for $17.00  
2489E: 4oz for $55.00  
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Allium cepa

Days to maturity are from date of transplanting.

Culture: Start indoors in Feb. or March and transplant out in spring almost as soon as the ground can be worked. Set 4–6" apart in trenches in well-dug beds with generous quantities of organic matter. Avoid transplanting next to grass strips; slugs love to dine on tiny allium seedlings. Irrigate seedlings whenever the topsoil dries out.

Onions are day-length sensitive. Long-day types are for northern latitudes. The earlier they are set out, the more chance they have to make top growth while the days are lengthening. The more top growth, the greater the bulb size. After summer solstice they begin bulbing.

After half the onion tops fall, push over the remainder and harvest within a week. Field-cure in the sun about 10 days until dry, covering with a tarp in wet weather. Curing is essential for long storage. Hang sacks in a cool dry well-ventilated place, periodically removing sprouting or rotting bulbs. Onions survive light frosts. When it begins to warm up in spring, put your remaining storage onions in your refrigerator crisper. Most will keep without sprouting until your new crop is ready.

Minimum germination temperature 50°, optimum range 60-70°, optimal temp 68°. Emergence 13 days at 50°, only 5 days at 68°, 99% normal seedlings at 68°. We discourage the use of bottom heat because onions germinate poorly in temperatures above 70°.

We do not hold over hybrid onion seed because of precipitous decreases in germination. Onion seed is short-lived. Retest 1-year-old seed before using. Discard anything older.

Onion sets and plants are available from Moose Tubers.


Diseases: PB: Purple Blotch, PR: Pink Root