Sunday, July 7, 2013

Candy Onion

"Candy" Onion

Today, I harvested my first onion.  This is called "Candy Onion."  This is one of a few plants that I bought in early April.  I planted each of them in separate pots.  As you can see in the picture, this pot is tall and narrow so it allows for decent root growth.  The plant tag said it would take about 85 days until ready to harvest.  I pulled this one today so it's been about 90 days.

So, I planted them all in full sun. I did not use any extra fertilizer other than my regular time-release Osmocote that I always use at planting.  My minimal web research told me that I should harvest when the tops fall over.  Well, they fell over pretty much immediately so I ignored that piece of information.  However, I did notice that recently the tops were turning brown and dry looking so that's probably an indication of maturity. 

Falling tops and dried tips

Further instructions indicate that I should let my harvested onion dry for a few days, then clip off the top an inch from the bulb and store in a ventilated area.

I have about 3 or 4 more plants out on the deck that will be ready to harvest soon.  I wish I had more but I simply don't have the space to grow enough onions to keep pace with what we consume.  Practically everything we cook starts out with onion (and garlic). I might be able to eke out a little more real estate next year for more Candys.  But first I'm going to wait to see how this one tastes.

Close up of Candy

Bookshelf:  Container Gardening Books

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