Onion - Copra F1 OG
This early-maturing onion is second to none when it comes to long-term storage! The firm, round globes of dark yellow simply won't sprout, guaranteeing you garden-fresh onions long after the others have passed. This is a long-day onion.
You might think that such great holding ability comes at the expense of flavor, but not with the Copra! The flesh is firm and the flavor extra-sweet, even after storing. A good all-around choice for long-season enjoyment and superior eating.
Onions grow best in loose, sandy soil, or soil that has been lightened by adding lots of compost. They thrive in a raised bed, because the good drainage and rich soil suits them. Full-sized onions need to be spaced 3-4" apart, but you can start out by planting them more densely. Just thin out the smaller plants as you want to eat them, leaving the others to reach full size. Onions need to be kept weeded. Since their roots are shallow they need to get about 1" of water each week.
Onions can be started as sets or as plants. Sets are miniature onions, produced last season in crowded conditions to keep their size small. Sets are sold by the pound in early spring at local garden centers. They will usually produce relatively good mature onions, but the size and keeping quality of your harvest will be much better if you plant seedlings rather than sets.\n\nOnion seedlings may be purchased through the mail, or you can grow them yourself. Sow the seed early indoors, 10 to 12 weeks before the last frost date. The seed can be sown quite thickly in a small pot or seed flat (up to 50 seeds in a 4 x 6 flat). As the plants grow, use a scissors to cut back the grassy growth and keep the plants at a stocky, 3" height. Tease the plants apart carefully when it's time to plant them into the garden.
The development of an onion bulb is dependent on day length. Southern gardeners grow different varieties of onions (short day) than northern gardeners (long day). Buy plants or seeds locally, or choose carefully from the seeds catalogs. There are also a few day-neutral onions that will grow well just about everywhere.
Onions are mature and ready to harvest when their tops flop over. Pull up the bulb and let the whole plant dry slowly in a well-ventilated, dark place for several weeks. Once the stems have withered and the onions are completely dry, they can be moved indoors to a cool, dark location for storage. Some onion varieties may be stored for up to eight months, so with careful planning (and enough garden space) you can be eating home-grown onions all year round.
Net Weight Approx. 300mg -Most of the general information provided is from the Vegetable Encyclopedia at www.gardeners.com, with additional facts provided by your friends at Seattle Seed Company.-