IMPORTANT: You are using an old browser. You will not be able to checkout using this browser for data security reasons. Please use another browser or upgrade this one to continue. Read more.

Onion, Big Daddy

Short Description

Spanish-type yellow onion.

Full Description

This flavor-rich Spanish-type yellow onion is a real keeper. A good-sized crop will provide you with a year's worth of flavorful pleasure; they can be stored for up to 10 months. In addition to onion-loving chefs, Big Daddy (also called Cannon Ball) is a favorite with northern gardeners with long days. Forms a 5" bulb in 110 days. Very disease-resistant. 75 plants per bunch.
Buy this product
Item # Product
Order
Quantity
Price
Item#: 68984
Order: 2 bunches (150 Plants)
- +
$24.95
Buy 2 or More for $14.97 each
Send me an email when this item is back in stock
Onion, Big Daddy
Onion, Big Daddy, , large
Item #: 68984
2 bunches (150 Plants)
Customers also bought these products

Thank you!

Add to Wish List

This product is currently out of stock; please click on the "Notify Me" and we will send you an email when it is available.

Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

110 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

5 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

4-6 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-30 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

Plant Shipping Information

Plants ship in Fall at proper planting time (click for schedule)

Restrictions:

Item 68984 cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, CN, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI
See all Burpee plant shipping restrictions for your state

the burpee

difference

100%

satisfaction
guaranteed

non-gmo
since 1876

Images

Enlarge Photo
Print Page
We are unable to find growing calendar for current product in your zone

How to Sow and Plant

Onions may be grown from seed, from young bare root plants or from sets (small bulbs). Make sure to choose the correct variety for your day length. Southern gardeners should select Short Day varieties; Northern gardeners do best with Long Day varieties; gardeners in the middle of the country should select Intermediate Day varieties, but can use some Short Day varieties.

Sowing Seed Indoors

  • Onion seed may be started indoors in small flats in seed starting mix 6-10 weeks before the last frost.
  • Sow thinly and cover with ¼ inch of seed starting formula. Keep moist and maintain a temperature of about 60-65 degrees F.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow. Incandescent bulbs do not work because they get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • After danger of a heavy frost plant the seedlings in the garden when they are about the thickness of a pencil. Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens cell structure and reduces transplant shock and sun burn.
  • Space 3-4 inches apart in rows 1-2 feet apart. Plant more closely if you plan to harvest scallions.

Soil Preparation in the Garden

  • Choose a location in full sun where you did not plant onions the previous year.
  • Apply a balanced fertilizer and work into the soil prior to planting. Onions prefer a pH of 6.0 – 7.0.
  • Onions prefer an organic soil that drains well. Work organic matter into your soil at least 6-8 inches deep, removing stones, then level and smooth.

Sowing Directly in the Garden

  • Sow onion seeds in average soil in full sun after danger of frost in spring. In frost free areas, sow in fall.
  • Sow thinly in rows 1- 2 feet apart and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
  • Thin to stand about 3 inches apart when seedlings are 1- 2 inches high.

From Plants

  • Burpee ships small onion plants about 10 to 12 weeks old in early spring. Plant onion plants as soon as possible after you receive them, as soon as the soil can be worked, before the last frost.
  • Plant onion plants 1 inch deep, 5 – 6 inches apart, or 2 – 3 inches if you prefer to thin later for green onions or scallions. Water well.

From Sets

  • Just press sets into the soil up to their tops, barely covered with soil 3-4 inches apart in rows 1-2 feet apart. If sets are planted too deeply they will take longer to develop.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Ample water is important at all stages of growth, especially when bulbs are forming. Onions are shallow rooted and tend to dry out during periods of drought. The best method to water is by ditch or furrow irrigation. This provides water to the roots while keeping the tops dry. If the tops are regularly wet they are more susceptible to disease.
  • Onions are heavy feeders, side dress with fertilizer about six weeks after planting.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Pick green onions (scallions) when plants reach 6-8" tall, while the stalks are still white at the bottom and fairly thin.
  • When harvesting onion bulbs, about 100 days from sowing, bend the tops over when about ¼ of the tops have already fallen over and turned yellow. After a few days, pull the bulbs and cover them with the foliage to prevent sunburn.
  • Allow onions to dry in the garden for up to a week, then cure them indoors in a warm, dry place with good air circulation for 2-3 weeks. Then cut off the foliage, leaving 1" above the top of the bulb.
  • Clean the bulbs by removing dirt and any of the papery skin that comes loose when you handle them.
  • Put bulbs in mesh onion bags or old pantyhose and store in a cool, dry location. Check occasionally for any wet spots or mold and remove any damaged bulbs immediately to protect the rest.
  • All onions lose their pungency when cooked. To neutralize the flavor, sauté, parboil or microwave the onions briefly before adding to your recipe.
  • To minimize the discomfort of onion tears while chopping onions, work fast (but carefully!) and work closely to the kitchen fan. You can also use a food processor.
  • Besides fresh storage, small onions may be canned by the hot pack method.
  • Chopped, sliced or grated onions may be quickly dried in a food dehydrator and stored in air-tight containers on the pantry shelf.
  • Small whole onions may also be pickled, while larger ones may be used in mixed pickles or to flavor cucumber or tomato pickles.
Days To Maturity
110 days
Fruit Size
5 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
4-6 inches
Height
24-30 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
6 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Onion, Big Daddy is rated 3.6666666666666665 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite to grow! I have grown these for several years now. They are problem free, sweet & huge and keep forever....well, at least until the following spring! Every plant produces a big firm onion.
Date published: 2016-02-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from all died I have been growing onions for years with great luck up til this year. I ordered 4 bunches of the big daddy for the first time they say 75 onions to a bunch if there was 40 that would be going some. They took for ever to get here and when they did they were very dry. I soaked the roots in water for a couple hours like the directions said and planted them the next day. Well not some, not half, but everyone died the roots turned brown and fell over. I have very rich well drained soil and have never had this problem before. I did call Burpee and they said they would put my money back in my account in about 10 working days. I would like to know if I just got a bad batch or have other people had the same problem I was really looking forward to trying the big daddy onion.
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Performer I have been growing this onion for years and it is a marvelous performer. Big solid gloves. Strong onion taste - definitely a cooking onion. They are truly excellent for storage, if you have a proper root cellar and take the time to cure them before storing. We hang ours in the garage for 3-4 weeks in the fall where they are out of direct sun and protected from the variable Colorado weather. Sometimes the bunches have been inaccurate in count, but Burpee has always made it up to me (sent me more or refunded my money). Burpee: my only request for the future would be for organic starts!
Date published: 2015-02-21
  • 2016-07-24T06:43CST
  • bvseo_cps, prod_bvrr, vn_cps_3.3.0
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_3
  • loc_en_US, sid_prod001587, PRD, sort_mostRecent
  • clientName_Burpee