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Heirloom Yellow Sweet Spanish Onion Heirloom Seeds | Grow Yellow Sweet Spanish Onions


 
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A large-yielding heirloom variety that produces large sweet onions – sometimes weighing in excess of a pound each.

A great hamburger onion! Average: 115 days

Detailed planting instructions:

Can be direct-seeded, grown from transplants started inside, or from sets -- small bulbs about ½-inch in diameter grown from seed the previous season.

Choose a weed-free, well-drained location. Raised beds are ideal. Onions are good for intercropping with other garden plants, especially early-maturing spring greens. Do not plant where other onion family crops have been grown in the past 3 years.

Direct-seeding in the garden may not allow enough time for long-season varieties to mature, but is fine for shorter-season varieties or for scallions - onions harvested before the bulb forms.

Direct-seed in spring when the soil reaches 50 F. Plant seed ¼ inch deep, ½ inch apart, in rows 12 to 18 inches apart. Thin to 4-inch spacings for large bulbs, 2-inch spacings for smaller bulbs but higher yields, or 1-inch spacings for scallions.

Start transplants inside about 8 to 10 weeks before last frost date. Plant 4 or 5 seeds in each cell, or seed in flats ¼ inch deep and ½ inch apart. If tops grow too tall and begin to droop, trim back to about 3 inches tall with scissors. After hardening off, transplant 2 to 4 weeks before last frost date. Space 4 inches apart for large bulbs, 2 inches apart for smaller bulbs, or 1 inch apart for scallions.

From sets: Choose bulbs no larger than ¾ inch in diameter. Large bulbs are more prone to bolting. Plant sets about 1 inch deep 2 to 4 weeks before last frost date. Space 4 inches apart for large bulbs or 2 inches apart for smaller bulbs.

Onions have shallow root systems and need consistent moisture and good weed control. Water weekly if weather is dry, and mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds.


HARVESTING

You can always tell when onions have stopped growing. The leaves will lose their color, weaken at the top of the bulb and flop over. Each year a few new gardeners watch the leaves die and wonder, "What's wrong?" There's nothing wrong; it's Nature's plan. The leaves' job is done - they've put the last of their energy into the bulbs.

Let most of your onion tops fall over by themselves - maybe 80% or 90% of them - then bend over the rest of the tops. Once they're down, leave the bulbs in the ground for another 10 days to two weeks to mature fully. It's not good to leave the onions in the ground for longer than two weeks after the tops die because they become open to organisms that can cause rot in storage, or they might even start growing again.

Pull your onions up on a sunny day if you can, then let them sit in the sun for another day or so to dry (in hot climates this usually takes just a few hours). This drying kills the root system at the bottom of each bulb. The roots will be like little brittle wires when they're dry.

Picking the right day to pull the onions can determine how well the onions will keep. If you harvest them after some rainy weather they'll have a lot more moisture in them and won't dry out as well.


SAVING SEEDS

Seed-producing onions are biennial and it will take two growing seasons to get onion seed. This article explains the seed-to-bulb-to-seed method.

Purchase onion seed and plant as you normally would in the spring. When purchasing seed, only buy open-pollinated or heirloom seeds. Hybrids and other types of seeds are not true seed and your results may be mixed.

You should order and grow enough onions so you have some for eating and some dedicated for seed saving. Onions can cross, so it's best to start with one variety at a time.


Plant your onion seed and do not pick or eat the ones you intend to harvest for seed.

At the end of the growing season when the onion tops are brown, drying and bent over, harvest the onion bulbs. This should be done before the first frost. Do NOT wash the onions, however you can shake the dirt off. Leave the tops on for braiding later.


Choose only the best bulbs for seed saving. Discard or eat others that may not overwinter well.

Spread onions out in a dry location, not touching one another, on a board or screen. If it looks like rain, you will have to move them to a location where they will not get rained on. Try to use a platform that allows air to circulate around the onions well.

Avoid drying the bulbs in direct sunlight in temperatures that are above 75 degrees. This can cause the bulbs to spoil or sunburn. Dry and cure the onions for 10-12 days before braiding.

After curing, you can braid the tops so the onions hang one above the other (not in clumps) and then hang them in a dark, dry storage area until spring.

A barn, potting shed or greenhouse are usually good places to hang them. Protect from the frost and do not store at room temperature. They should keep about 3-6 months and just begin sprouting come planting time in the spring. Sprouting times vary among different varieties.

In spring, when it's time to plant onions again, remove each onion by untwisting the braid and removing the dead, dried up tops. You will probably notice small green sprouts starting at the tops of the bulbs.


Plant the bulbs in your garden. It is interesting to watch the large, tube-like seed stalks grow bigger every day. Then one day you will notice tiny white flowers have formed--the flower head. They are about the size of a softball and remind one of popcorn balls. They are quite dainty and beautiful.

When the seeds form, the onion plant begins to dry. The flower head will begin to darken, turning almost solid black the seeds are dry and ready to harvest.

Using a brown paper bag, bend the onion stalk over and snip the entire flower head into the bag.

Store in a dry area out of direct sunlight to finish drying process. To completely remove the seeds from the flower head, you can shake the bag to allow the loose seeds to drop into bag.

Any remaining seeds can be removed by other techniques; including, threshing, using wire screens to rub them over or stepping on the seed heads to break open the pods.

Screen any debris from your onion seed using seed screens or other screens from home. Nice seed screens can be purchased from some of the seed companies listed in the resource links.

Place onion seed in a sealed glass canning jar or freeze in freezer bags to lengthen the life of the seed. If using the jar method, store in a dry, cool dark area without extreme temperature fluctuations.

Now that you know how to harvest and save onion seed, get involved with other like-minded gardeners who are building their seed banks. One day our country's future may depend on those who have the talent to save seeds and pass this knowledge on to others.


Features
  • Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
  • Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
  • Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
  • Nutritional value: An excellent source of calcium, iron, vitamins A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, and niacin.


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Re-pack April 20, 2014
Reviewer: Chris Schulze from Fort Worth, TX United States  
I received a package of Yellow Sweet Spanish Onion (500mg, 140 seeds) and the pack was short (never happened before).

I called customer service and Chris grabbed a manager and had another pack out to me the same day.

Great job!! to Chris and My Patriot Supply turning this little mistake into a big WIN!

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Great choice April 16, 2014
Reviewer: Marie Waterman from Blossvale, NY United States  
I planted 100 last year, need to plant more, I have over 300 up already for this year. Easy to grow in our sandy loom and great tasting. Kept well for the winter but needed more. I am buying them so 300 should be enough.

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Yellow spanish April 15, 2014
Reviewer: Debbie from eastern Iowa  
Wonderful company, Excellent service!! The only issue I have had (and I've ordered quite a few things) was when I seeded the yellow spanish onion indoors this spring, the seeds were not actually onion seeds - they ended up being Romaine lettuce! The company was wonderful about the mixup and cheerfully sent me a replacement packet.  I have had excellent germination rates on everything I have seeded so far.  Thanks, myPatriotSupply!

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So far so good March 30, 2014
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
Packaging is the best I've seen for seeds. I didn't count but it seems like I received a lot of seeds for the price.

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Ready and waiting! March 26, 2014
Reviewer: Kyle Tucker from Bremen, AL United States  
Excellent packaging! Sprouts came up quick looking forward to harvest time!

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