This is a pre-order item and quantities are limited. Red Creole Onion Starts will ship in March/April.
HEIRLOOM - Red Creole is a sweet red onion with slightly flattened globe shape. This is a short day onion that is a good keeper, storing for longer periods than typical of sweet onions. It’s resistant to botrytis and pink root.
Bed Preparation You will want to plant your leek and onion starts approximately 6" apart in rows 12" apart. Be sure your bed is filled with a good mix of compost and rich top soil.
Planting Four weeks before the last frost or when the soil temperature has reached 50 degrees is when you can put your leek and onion starts into the ground. Poke a hole in the soil approximately 2" deep with your finger or a stick; taking care not to damage the roots, place the start into the hole to a depth of about ½" and lightly press the dirt around the plant to secure it.
Cultivation Water gently and keep slightly moist until well established. Mulching is also recommended.
Harvest For onions, you are looking for the tops to turn yellow or flop over, this signals they have matured and are ready to be harvested. For leeks, you can harvest them when young and pencil thin or wait until they have matured. Pull them from the earth and brush off the dirt.
Curing and Storage of Onions After harvesting, leave the onions to cure in the sun for a week. If it is rainy, bring them inside to cure in a dry, well ventilated place. When the skin dries, cut the tops down to 1" and trim the roots. Store in a cool, dry place.