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Yellow Cipollini Onion

Yellow Cipollini Onion

Botanical Name: Allium cepa

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# of seeds per packet: 100 seeds

Description

80 days. Meaning “small onion” in Italian, these zesty roots bring full sized onion flavor in a flattened, fun-sized bulb. Smaller and sweeter than classic storage onions, but larger than pearl onions, Cipollini are highly versatile, and an excellent choice for roasting, grilling, boiling, pickling or eating fresh. The tradeoff of the extra sweetness is reduced lifetime in storage (2-3 months), but you will devour their sweetness before they start to soften. Bulbs are 3-4” in diameter, and very flat (about 1” tall). This variety is being stewarded by our friend Clint Freund of Wisconsin. CC

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Your onion transplants need to get nice and big before planting outside ASAP in early spring. Start seeds inside in late January under high quality grow lights. Use a good seed starting mix (we recommend Vermont Compost’s Fort Light). Ideal temperature for germination is 70-80° (use heating mat). Days to germination: 4-13. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 70° - 75°. Fertilize weekly with fish/kelp fertilizer. Harden off plants before planting into fertile garden soil 1” deep, spaced 4” apart in rows 15” apart. Mulch with straw, keep well watered and weeded.

 Harvest:

Harvest in mid to late July once plants have turned brown, but while stems and skins are still intact. Dig on a dry day & cure for a week in a warm dry place with good air circulation.

 Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

 For successful seed harvest, start seeds very early in a coldframe or hoophouse 3/1 (so that seeds mature before weather is too hot). Minimum population size: 20 (plants are unisexual so only the female plants will produce seed) so grow at least 60 plants. Ideal isolation distance: 2 miles – just make sure your neighbors are not letting their spinach flower. Remove plants that are weak and the 1st 10% of plants that bolt. When most seeds are tan, collect seeds by clipping stems and drying them. Clean by stripping seeds off stems & winnowing.

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Description

80 days. Meaning “small onion” in Italian, these zesty roots bring full sized onion flavor in a flattened, fun-sized bulb. Smaller and sweeter than classic storage onions, but larger than pearl onions, Cipollini are highly versatile, and an excellent choice for roasting, grilling, boiling, pickling or eating fresh. The tradeoff of the extra sweetness is reduced lifetime in storage (2-3 months), but you will devour their sweetness before they start to soften. Bulbs are 3-4” in diameter, and very flat (about 1” tall). This variety is being stewarded by our friend Clint Freund of Wisconsin. CC

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Your onion transplants need to get nice and big before planting outside ASAP in early spring. Start seeds inside in late January under high quality grow lights. Use a good seed starting mix (we recommend Vermont Compost’s Fort Light). Ideal temperature for germination is 70-80° (use heating mat). Days to germination: 4-13. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 70° - 75°. Fertilize weekly with fish/kelp fertilizer. Harden off plants before planting into fertile garden soil 1” deep, spaced 4” apart in rows 15” apart. Mulch with straw, keep well watered and weeded.

 Harvest:

Harvest in mid to late July once plants have turned brown, but while stems and skins are still intact. Dig on a dry day & cure for a week in a warm dry place with good air circulation.

 Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

 For successful seed harvest, start seeds very early in a coldframe or hoophouse 3/1 (so that seeds mature before weather is too hot). Minimum population size: 20 (plants are unisexual so only the female plants will produce seed) so grow at least 60 plants. Ideal isolation distance: 2 miles – just make sure your neighbors are not letting their spinach flower. Remove plants that are weak and the 1st 10% of plants that bolt. When most seeds are tan, collect seeds by clipping stems and drying them. Clean by stripping seeds off stems & winnowing.

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