Early, purple-red-skinned mini onion.
These flavorful specialty onions mature early and hold well. Purplette is a glossy rich burgundy, transforming to a nice pastel pink when cooked or pickled. Can be harvested at golf ball size or very young as baby bunching onions with purple pearl ends. Best at 40° latitude and higher. Organically grown. Avg. 116,000 seeds/lb. Packet: 250 seeds.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Allium cepa
CULTURE: Sow in early spring in 2-4″ wide bands or single rows 4″ apart, about 1/2″ between seeds. Cover 1/4- 1/2″. Thinning is not necessary. Keep free of weeds. As with all onions, full sun, consistent soil moisture, and a fertile soil with a pH of 6.2-6.8 are preferable.
HARVEST: Pull by the bunch whenever needed. No skin forms until 2-3 months into the season, making mini onions easy to wash and prepare.
ADAPTATION: Mini onions are smaller and earlier to bulb the further north they are grown. Suited to 40° and higher latitudes for pearl and cipollini onions, for small to medium onions at lower latitudes.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: 5M/50′, 1 oz./80′, 13 oz./1,000′, 34 lb./acre at 96 seeds/ft. in 4″ wide bands, in rows 12″ apart.
SIZED SEEDS: All seeds are unsized.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/LB.: 113,700-134,300 (avg. 123,300).
PACKET: 250 seeds.
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