[gardeners] candy onions

margaret lauterbach (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 23 Mar 1999 08:17:39 -0700

I finally succumbed to temptation this year and bought seeds for candy
onions, I think from Park.  Then a woman told me she grew them last year
and they were terrific.  AND they lasted through the winter in a bucket on
her screened porch.  She grew up in this area (sw Idaho), so knows what
WallaWalla Sweet onions taste like (grown in WallaWalla, or two Wallas as
some say), and if she was impressed with candy onions, they've got to be
great.  Then yesterday I talked with a MG friend who told me his cousin
told him 5 years ago to stop growing Walla Walla sweets and grow candy.  He
gave him a bunch of pelletized seeds.  Dick said he had grown candy onions
from that cache of seeds for the past five years, and they really liked
them.  I said allium seeds were not supposed to be viable more than two
years, max, but he told me he had given some of them to a mutual friend,
and she got 100 % germination this year.  I wonder whether pelletizing
really has a significant effect on longevity of seeds.  I'll bet Kay knows.

He's going to give me some of the pelletized seeds Friday at the flower
show.  Yumm.  Margaret