New York Early Onion

Certified Organic

Allium cepa

A fast-growing onion from New York's Black Dirt Country

Small-to-medium yellow, long day type onions with great keeping qualities. The mild flavor makes these great all-purpose onions, raw or cooked, especially in the later winter months when other onion varieties have lost their keeping quality. While we are used to starting our onion seeds in mid-February and nursing them in the cool greenhouse until our April planting date, we recommend direct sow in the early spring as soon as the soil can be worked. A lot less greenhouse work, but be sure to try this method only if you have rich soil with high organic matter, to make sure the soil will retain enough moisture that the onion needs for its longer germination period.

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Start indoors early, 12 weeks before last frost. Sow seeds about 1 inch apart. Onions are very susceptible to damping off, so do not over water and keep the good air flow where you are growing your seedlings. Once onions are 3 inches high and about 1/4 inch thick, they can be brought outdoors to harden off. After hardening off, transplant seedlings at 4 inch spacing, or in groups of 3 at 12 inch spacing. Onions require rich, loamy, weed free soil and plenty of water. Weed onion patch often. Pulling large weeds can dislodge onions. Once the tops have started to yellow and flopped over, pull onions and let cure for 1-2 weeks in a warm, dark place. Cut the tops off and store in a cold, dry, dark place until use.

Days to Germination 7 to 14 days
Days to Maturity 100 days
Planting Depth ½ to 1 inch
Spacing in Row 4 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Height at Maturity 18 inches
Width at Maturity 2-3 inches
Sun Preference Full to Partial Sun

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