Re: [gardeners] 1015Y onion

margaret lauterbach (
Sat, 27 Mar 1999 07:06:05 -0700

At 04:51 AM 3/27/99 -0600, you wrote:
>Hi Marguerite,
>    I sure hope the 1015Y is suitable for your area. It is a wonderful
>onion for eating raw, like the onion sandwich you mentioned. Add a slice
>of fresh garden tomato, knock your socks off. They also make great onion
>rings. One draw back of short day onions is that they do not store as
>long as the long day varieties. The sweetness of the onion is related to
>water content. The more water content the sweeter the onion and the
>shorter storage time.
>    I'm a freak for onions. The 1015 Y's are the best that my dad,
>grandmother or myself have grown. They get big too! Dad and I were
>competing for bragging rights last year. He won. He had some bigger than
>softballs. Mine were only a little smaller.
>    We have never had any problems with frost damage to the 1015Y. We
>plant the little transplants in Jan. They always have to go through
>several hard freezes. The name 1015Y comes from the planting date if you
>plant from seeds. Oct. 15th, yellow onion = 1015Y.
>    Happy Gardening,
>    Allen
>    Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.
>    Zone 8
I didn't know that, Allen.  If you want sweet onions that will last, try
the hybrid Candy.  Stokes sells pelletized seeds that is the way to go.  A
friend just gave me some 5-year-old pelletized seeds, and I said, "Dick,
allium seeds are only viable for one or two years."  He said earlier this
spring he gave some to a mutual friend, and she got 100% germination.
Maybe something about the pelletizing that extends the viability.  A friend
who was raised in WallaWalla sweet onion territory raised Candy onions last
year and raves about how good they are.  They kept through the winter, too,
in a bucket on her back porch.  Margaret L