Ordering will resume for Fedco Seeds when we release our 2019 catalog, in early December 2018.
Ordering will resume for Fedco Seeds when we release our 2019 catalog, in early December 2018.
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Cabernet

Cabernet Red Onion OG

(90 days) F-1 hybrid. Every season, we northern-tier growers fret over the always-late red onions. Will they fully ripen, cure and keep? Cabernet released us from this worry with fancy red onions ready for fresh use and market in late July. By Aug. 9, two-thirds of the crop had lain down, a full week before New York Early began its descent. By Aug. 31, Cabernet was firm, cured and ready for 3–4 months storage. No shortcomings in this classy uniform early red. The 3½" wide, 8 oz single-centered globes slice to the perfect size to top a large burger. Raw, the rings are many and thin, finely textured and crunchy, sweet and slightly spicy. Cooked, the excellent aroma and full sweetness will induce you to use them up long before they reach their storage limit. Intermediate day suitable for mid-Atlantic through northern areas.

2445 Cabernet OG
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A: 1g for $3.20  
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B: 2g for $5.20  
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C: 8g for $15.00  
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D: 24g for $42.00  
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E: 96g for $150.00   ($142.50)
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Additional Information

Onion

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.

Alliums

Diseases: PB: Purple Blotch, PR: Pink Root