Storage Onion Grex
Origin: Carbondale, Colorado
Improvement status: Grex/Breeding Material
Seeds per packet: ~100
Germination tested 12/2020: 84%
Life cycle: Biennial
Another diverse gene pool from Casey Piscura of Wild Mountain Seeds, ripe for further breeding and selection. From Casey: "With the growth in popularity of F1 hybrid storage onions we set out to create a breeders population of F1 crosses from as many open-pollinated storage onions as we could find. We combined strains like 'Newburg' and 'Rosy Opal' from Peace Seeds and Seedlings, 'Mary Nagy’s Red' and 'Carmen Purple' from Adaptive Seeds, refined heirlooms like 'Dakota Tears' from the Podalls of North Dakota and many varieties from Seed Savers Exchange. We grew out all varieties starting in trays one mid-February. The harvest was selected for size, hardness and beauty. 1500 bulbs where selected and then subjected to a winter-long storage where 400 of the best specimens were identified and replanted. These seeds are the result of this 400 specimen hybrid swarm. These will work wonders for beautiful fresh market display and storage! "
Expect a range of colors from yellow to pink to red, and as always feel free to use this stock to breed your own new onion variety!
GROWING TIPS: Plant in trays shooting to drop seeds 1/4 inch apart, topdress with compost bi-weekly or as needed, transplanting out in early May. Allow onions to dry in field until tops flop over for best storage.