All 3 have great potentail for small scale farmers and home gardeners. The ones I had planted in the back garden didn’t grow as large as on the ones in the front garden. Though they all have an interesting growth which is different from what I have seen in several photos. I have some on my counter from last summer’s harvest. :), Reply to Jessie – Rabid Little Hippy's comment, […] I just purchased a quart of shallots and planted them. Provide strong light. I bought my Potato Onions on e-bay. I think the general rule of thumb is that planting small bulbs yields fewer bulbs of larger size whereas planting large bulbs yields more numerous bulbs of smaller size. I cut the stalk before it turned into seed, afraid it would ruin the onions (like regular ones) but after harvesting, I realized the stalk came up the middle, not out of an onion (like hardneck garlic scapes do). Potato onions are still a local favorite in some areas of Virginia. Braided Onion-Potato Loaf Ever wonder why a bread recipe includes mashed potatoes? Onions are perhaps the most familiar vegetable with photoperiod dependencies. POTATO ONIONS (PKT 6) ORGANIC: Allium cepa: Member $9.95 Non-Member $12.95. I did take the time to rework and loosen the soil for them. The sets I got from him were full grown bulbs about inch and a half to two inches in diamater. I also grow the reddy coloured one. For onions in Idaho, pretty much the same — great weather — plantings were on schedule; labor was challenging, but not detrimental.” And the potato harvest, he said, “was as normal as normal can get.” Schwartz continued, “Mother Nature was very cooperative. aggregatum) is a member of the onion family that reproduces primarily by division of bulbs, rather than by seed. Wait for the green foliage to fall over if there are no flowers. Again, thanks for the help. They also store well in our cellar. These sound interesting! Bulbs are usually harvested in July and August, much the same as other onion varieties. I think that there is a lot of exciting potential here. I don’t let them go to seed, harvesting them when they begin to look a bit wilted and the size is right. When a large bulb (3 to 4″) is planted, it will produce approximately 10 to 12 bulbs per cluster. This is my first year of growing potato onions. I have one that grew to about 30 inches then a white shell appeared on top then a green shoot came from it. Storage Potato onions, shallots and garlic store very well over the winter provided that they are well-cured, dry, well-ventilated, and not packed over 4 in. That being said, adding compost and mulch to your soil is never a bad idea. I’m glad they seem to keep a long time. We have sold our expected yield. If your potato onions are about a foot (30 cm) tall by the time freezing weather arrives, you should have a good chance of producing seed. They’re kind of like shallots in that they multiply from a main bulb. Buy them once, plant in fall or spring, and enjoy harvests for decades. on top of the soil. An onion’s flavor is largely dependant on the soil’s nutrients. Nesting bulbs should not be confused with sets that are used to start biennial onions. Perhaps for the same reason, fall planting increases the number of plants that bolt to seed in spring in some climates (maritime climates, in particular). A gallon (4 l) pot will grow a single plant and the yield should be nearly as good as growing in the ground, as long as you keep the plants well watered. That way it is faster to plant them out. If you replant your best, those are the least likely to have suffered a mutation or infection that will result in a lower quality crop. Onions of all types are pretty hardy plants that originated in cold climates. 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Harvest mature walking onions bulbs from the top of the stalks when they are 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter, about the size of a shallot or a pearl onion. Potato onions are great for pickling, as the range of sizes is very convenient. I’m very impressed with these onions and I’ll definitely be saving a few to plant this fall. Curious that they went to seed. Carrots, parsnips, root parsley, and other tap rooted plants work well, especially in their second year when you are saving a seed crop. For that matter, crossing with other types of onions may produce very interesting results. A perennial onion closely related to shallots that is very easy to grow. the fall ones actually did much better. I do know they are Potato Onions cause I got them from my brother, they were clumpt together like the ones I have seen in photos. There is not an easy way to propagate potato onions by cuttings. We can grow those little green onions but we have never been successful in growing anything bigger than that…yours look great! I planted a bit in the fall last year and a bit in the spring. Most potato onions are long day plants that only bulb well north of 37N latitude (or south of 37S). How to Harvest Main Crop Potatoes Mature or maincrop potatoes will be ready for harvest 2 to 3 weeks after plants turn yellow and die back—about 100 to 110 days after planting. Plant onions in early spring once the ground is workable. Hello, I live in South Australia so spring coming into summer here, we have a Mediterranean climate where its usually dry and hot from November through to March. In-ground gardens and raised beds are both excellent options for growing onions. This is a common problem with clonally propagated crops like potato onion. We grow a lot of onions, garlic, and potatoes here. In areas where the fall is cool, but without frost, soil temperature will dictate when to pick potatoes. Your multiplier onions and garlic are now ready for eating, storage, or planting. This […], Reply to The Year of the Allium | Chiot’s Run's comment. If you keep them isolated from other onion varieties, any seeds that you collect should produce plants that are reasonably similar to the variety that you started with, but the onions will often be larger because they lack the accumulated viruses of the parent plant. They ended up making lovely green onions, and I got some decent sized onion bulbs out of them, too. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by mark mile, Susy Morris. I’m sure that some of this has to do with when you want the crop to mature as early plantings will come in earlier. Growing Tips. This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. I started my regular onions from seed last year, in soil blocks, with 4 seeds per block. Early in, early out is the growing technique for … I wonder if an ‘ideal’ variety would have a standard size? Temperatures of 50 to 60° F (10 to 16 C) and low humidity is a good combination for storing onion bulbs. Should I be covering them with dirt as they grow up and out? Some require long days, some require short days, and some are day neutral: they will form bulbs at any time of year. I have also prepared a second bed for another bunch that he is sending me. This site is an archive of ChiotsRun.com. Like standard storage onions, potato onions keep best at cool, but not cold temperatures. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012. When a small bulb (3/4″) is planted, it will usually produce one or two larger bulbs. They’re quite easy since you overwinter them in the garden; no seed starting or set planting in the spring and they take up a little less space than regular onions since they multiply from the main bulb. I don’t know if I planted them to deep about an inch below the surface or because of the extream wet season. Here is a link to Kelly’s potato onion pages https://sites.google.com/site/kellysgarden/potato-onions. Wait until late in the season and take only what you need, carefully resetting the plant so the smaller tubers have a chance to … I am a first-time grower and live in San Mateo, CA, Zone 10a. I will be moving to Ohio when ever my home here sells. I didn’t have a whole lot of luck with growing onions from seed this year (only 16 survived out of the 144 I planted!). Space onion plants 6 inches apart in rows that are 12 inches apart. Onions are heavy feeders and will benefit from a boost of high nitrogen fertilizer early in spring when they start forming new leaves. I have grown the (Egyptian) onion that gets the set seeds at the top. Pull up the onions if you plant to use them right away. Potatoes. Question on my Potato Onion. I’m not sure if you can eat the flower stalk (like garlic scapes). or should I plant there here at home now. Susy Morris said: Harvesting Potato #Onions http://goo.gl/fb/JJktH #edible #perennialonions […], Reply to Tweets that mention growing and harvesting potato onions | Chiot’s Run — Topsy.com's comment. In general onion or potato harvests take place in the beginning of autumn or at the start of the rainy season in general during that time of year when the weather is the most unreliable or the least predictable. When a small bulb (3/4″) is planted, it will usually produce one or two larger bulbs. I appreciate all the help. Once I see how well these store, I may be planting more and more of these each year. Does anyone know how early they can be planted in SC??? They have no dormancy, so they can be sown as soon as they are harvested. Snip a few leaves from different plants to spread the damage. Each bulb cluster of potato onions may contain many bulbs, averaging 2 to 2-1/2″ in diameter. The research I’m talking about can be read here http://turkeysong.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/402/ I would plant some in the fall and some in the winter to see what happens for a few years until you gain more confidence to plant in the fall every year, but I think it will be Ok. Are you planting the Yellow potato onions? Tradition dictates that potato onions are planted on the shortest day of the year (around June 21) and harvested on the longest day (around December 21), to be honest I think this only matters in some climates. Potato onions will often store for more than a year in an open box in a cool pantry. Yep, that is pretty much the only thing that makes them different from other onions. In colder climates, where most of the growth will occur in spring, it is probably better to plant with the top below the surface of the soil for greater protection (Winter 2011). During that period they increase, on average, fivefold. How unusual. After 3 weeks they have growen 10 inches. Potato onions are often first planted in spring, and harvested in fall. By the time you harvest, they won’t have any live roots, as they go dormant in the summer. Providing an early market onion was probably the niche of the potato onion and the increasing industrialization of the food systems may have contributed to its demise by providing larger onions the year round. Usually, they will sprout in the fall, but the bulb quality remains pretty good all the way through the winter. Vines will either die back naturally or, to spur harvest, you can break off the stems at ground level to stop growth. They are also pretty when they flower and can be incorporated into ornamental beds. Not sure if they’re selling them yet, they might not be till fall since they’re fall planted. I’ve not heard of those. 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