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Onion

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Almost everyone loves onions. And when you grow them yourself, you get the most tender, sweet ones possible. The sweetest onions don't last long in storage, but because of their mild flavor they're great raw in salads or as a topper for grilled or cooked dishes. Storage onions are more pungent but develop a sweeter flavor when cooked.

Green onions, also called scallions or spring onions, are just immature bulbing onions that are harvested early. Leave them in the ground and they'll develop into regular onions.

Shallots are an onion relative with mild flavor and smaller bulbs. To ensure formation of large bulbs, plant shallots early in the season and grow the correct type for your area. Grow long-day types in the North and short-day types in the South, or plant intermediate-day types anywhere. Start onions from seed, transplants, or "sets" -- bundles of tiny immature onions.

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Under 6 inches to 3 feet

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1-5 inches wide

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'Ambition' shallot
'Ambition' shallot
Allium cepa 'Ambition' produces divided bulbs with reddish-copper skin and white flesh. 90 days
'Candy Hybrid' onion
'Candy Hybrid' onion
Allium cepa 'Candy Hybrid' is a mild-flavor intermediate-day yellow onion. It stores fairly well. 85 days
'Copra Hybrid' onion
'Copra Hybrid' onion
Allium cepa 'Copra Hybrid' is a widely adapted long-day yellow storage onion that is sweeter than most other storage onions. 105 days
Egyptian walking onion
Egyptian walking onion
Allium cepa aggregatum develops a cluster of onion bulblets at the tips of 2-foot-long stems. The weight of the bulblets causes the stem to bend, allowing the small onions to root in the ground and gradually spread from the mother plant, hence the walking onion name. The bulblets can be used as you would pearl onions. Or harvest the green stems when they are tender to use as green onions.
'Evergreen Hardy White' scallion
'Evergreen Hardy White' scallion
Allium cepa 'Evergreen Hardy White' is a perennial you plant in spring or fall. It's ready to harvest about 65 days after a spring planting.
'Giant Red Hamburger' onion
'Giant Red Hamburger' onion
Allium cepa 'Giant Red Hamburger' bears dark red bulbs that are good for slicing. The interior flesh is white and sweet. It is best adapted to the South. 95 days
'Redwing Hybrid' onion
'Redwing Hybrid' onion
Allium cepa 'Redwing Hybrid' has pungent, red-flesh bulbs that store well. 110 days
'Superstar Hybrid' onion
'Superstar Hybrid' onion
Allium cepa 'Superstar Hybrid' produces huge white bulbs that weigh up to 1 pound each. It is day-neutral, so it can be planted anywhere. 100 days
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