Onions have arrived just in time as this is the right time of year to plant onions from transplants. Planting onions from seed should have been started in late Sept-mid October, so keep that knowledge tucked away for next year if that’s what you had in mind. But for now, we are focusing on transplants. Take a look at some of the onions we’ve brought in for you to enjoy.
Texas Supersweet Onions or Grano 1015Y Onions
The onion that is the most famous in Texas is also one of the sweetest. It is called the Grano 1015Y because the “Grano” variety was developed in Spain, and the number stands for the ideal date to plant (Oct 15th of what year you are in) by seed (transplants can be planted now). And whether you are a novice or beginner, Grano 1015Y, also called Texas Supersweet, are the perfect onions to add to your garden. They have an off-white flesh a sweet and flavorful taste, are excellent in salads, sliced, grilled, are a good storage variety and are disease resistant. All the things we want to hear, right? Plus, drumroll please, they contain very little pyruvate (which is that substance in onions that makes you cry like a baby when you are cutting them up). Under the correct growing conditions you should produce good yields of 6” round, sweet, yellow onions. Expect 110 days to maturity from transplants, and if from seed,140 days with storage potential of about 2-3 months.
Texas Legend Supersweet Onions
These onions give you globe-shaped, sweet, yellow onions that are open-pollinated (meaning they are pollinated by wind, insects, or animals). Texas Legend Supersweet onions contain even more healthful benefits than 1015Y onions and are still just as tasty, mild and sweet. By healthful benefits, I mean these onions contain 25 active compounds that appear to inhibit the growth of cancerous cells, and stimulate the immune system to keep you well. Studies show the active compounds help to fight heart disease. These onions also have antifungal and antibacterial properties to help combat colds, relieve tummy aches and other disorders of the gastrointestinal type. In the correct growing conditions, you should expect yields of 6″ onions, around 105 days after planting from transplants. Texas Legend Superweet onions store for about 3-4 months.
Red Creole Onions
Who Dat cookin’ in da kitchen? You can imagine yourself as a New Orleans chef preparing a mad stock pot of gumbo or jambalaya with Red Creole onions. These are perfect onions for this type of cooking. They are used often in Cajun and creole dishes, but you can use Red Creole onions in any dish to add a bolder and spicier flavor. They are also favorites when shaved thinly and added to the top of salads for an extra kick. At maturity, you will find yourself with dark-red, globe-shaped, pungent, 3-4” onions. When planted by transplant, Red Creole onions take about 110 days til harvest and can be stored for approximately 6-7 months.
Texas Early White Onions
If you want white onions that have a great reputation for ease of growing, flavor, and disease resistance, you should check out Texas Early White onions. They actually won the 2012 Direct Gardening Association “Green Thumb” award for the distinctions previously noted. These sweet, globe shaped, open-pollinated, white onions are resistant to greening, bolting, and single centers. They also have a great pink-root tolerance. With correct growing conditions you should find yourself with a good yield of 5-6” onions at maturity. Harvest about 105 days from transplants, 140 from seed. Texas Early White onions store for about 1-2 months.
Crystal White Bermuda Onions
Also known as cocktail onions, Crystal White Bermuda onions produce smaller white onions with mild-flavored, flat bulbs. The bulbs are about two and a half to three and a half inches in diameter. These are great onions to use in soups, stews, pickling, or as a fresh, raw vegetable. They are resistant to pink-root, a fungus that is commonly found in soil but affects onion production greatly. If infected, the above ground plant of the onion is stunted. It’s leaves die back and below the ground, the roots eventually die, and it can spread to newly produced roots. It’s a good thing we have a bunch of onions here that are resistant to this nasty disease, isn’t it? Crystal White Bermuda onions do not store well, so plan to use them soon after harvesting. You should be able to harvest these onions 90 days from planting transplants, 125 days from seed.
White Bunching Onions
These are the type of onions that you can grow in both fall and spring planting seasons. No part of these onions has to go to waste. You can eat the whole thing. (Well, maybe cut off the hairy little roots.) These work fantastic for your green onion needs. Slow to go to seed, White Bunching onions don’t form a bulb. Instead you’ll get 5-9 inch long, crisp, silvery-white onions with bright-green stalks that continue to grow and form new shoots throughout the season. Plant these with the tip of the bulb barely poking out of the soil surface.
Short Day Sampler Onions
Can’t decide from our great selection of onions? You don’t have to. We’ve made it easy for you and we’ve brought in our Short Day Sampler Onion bundles. You can go home with a bundle of three of our most popular onion picks: Texas Supersweet Grano 1015Y onions, Red Creole onions, and Texas Early White onions. Sample all three, see how they grow, see how they taste, and you’ll know which onions you’ll choose for next year.
Granex Vidalia Onions
Yellow Granex Vidalia onions are the same sweet yellow onions that are famously grown in Georgia; and just one bite will tell you why they are one of the most popular sweet onions in America. They have a nice, mild, sugary taste them. Vidalia onions are very enticing to use in salad dressings and as raw onions in the salad itself. You get to harvest these onions from transplants in only 90 days! You should be able to yield a great crop of 3-4”, deliciously, sweet onions that store for about 1-2 months fairly well.
With multiple varieties on onions available, along with the tasty flavor they add to home cooking and their ease of growing, it’s no doubt why onions are the leading vegetable crop in Texas. How would a cowboy make a true pot of chili or stew without onions? How would Shrek describe his “layers of personality” without the analogy of an onion? And how would hide our crying without the excuse that we’ve been chopping onions? Come see us and we’ll help you pick the best onions for your taste. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.
~The Happy Gardener, Lisa Mulroy