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Onion, Cippolino, Red

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These sweet Italian, saucer-shaped onions are red from top to bottom over a golden yellow skin. Truly wonderful baked whole with a little olive oil, these sweet flavored beauties sell faster at the Farmers Market than any other onion. The onions have a flattened appearance, measuring approximately 2" to 2½" wide by about 1" tall. Long an Italian secret, it is now ours to enjoy. Plant early spring (end of February, 1st of March) in California coastal climates. Approx: 100 days.

Cultural data: field planting
Growing season: cool season
Days to maturity: 88-120 days
Germination relative to soil temperature: optimum 50-75ºF.
Cultural information: sow in early spring 2 seeds per inch, ¼"-½" deep, rows 12"-18" apart.
Seed count: approx. 9,000 seeds/oz. or 144,000 seeds/lb.
Projected seed usage: 1 oz./100 ft. rows 4 lb./acre.
Diseases and pests: most diseases are the result of improper cultural conditions.
Harvesting: when tops begin to fall over, pull onions and let them cure in the sun, avoid moisture from condensation. Curing toughens the outer skin for a better storage life.