Onion, Candy Hybrid
Onions truly are the spice of life.
Days To Maturity
2-4 weeks BLF
Plant Shipping Information
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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.
- 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.
- 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 fertilize 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 Maturity80-90 daysFruit Size4-6 inchesSunFull SunSpread4 inchesHeight10-12 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin4 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Onion, Candy Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 7.Rated 5 out of 5 by moonview from Great tasting onions Burpee sent me 2 sets of these babies back in February. It was too early to plant. So I stored them in the box they came in downstairs in our dry basement until March. When time to plant in March I retrieved them from the basement and was a little worried because they looked very dry. But, I planted all of them. By June I had a full harvest! Only two of them went to seed. I cured each and every one. And the taste is fantastic. I am storing the cured onions in a netted potato sack. If I had to guess I got probably 20 lbs. of onions. It's the last of July and only have a quarter of a bag left. Next year I will order 4 sets or more, so we can have onions all winter long.Date published: 2014-07-12Rated 5 out of 5 by idjsibb from Onion Candy Hybrid Onion Planted this onion for first time last year. Easy to grow and they are wonderful onions. Harvested in Oct. 2013 and stored in cool garage for winter... still eating them as of March 28 2014. Only found 1 onion that had sprouted last week. I am impressed at the storage shelf life of these onions.Date published: 2014-03-29Rated 5 out of 5 by Kcail from Easy for a first timer... great taste I have never grown onions before in my gardening life. I decided to try these. The sets arrived in great shape. I did have to shield them from a few cold snaps and hard rains we had in March/April but they bounced back in my heavy clay (with remediation) soil. I got several the size of softballs. Most were tennis ball sized and very flavorful. they are keeping well in my basement and I look forward to eating them this winter. Already put some in pasta sauces etc. I'm back for more!Date published: 2012-11-25Rated 5 out of 5 by mcemmett from Awesome My crop was huge. My grandma told me to pull them so they would stop growing! They cook up and make everything taste even better. I used to hate onions but they are now a must have in everything I make.Date published: 2012-04-30Rated 5 out of 5 by my3boysmom from nice healthy plants My plants arrived in great shape. Very healthy looking and green. They held up well while I waited for the rain to let up so I could plant them. A good count to the bunch. Burpee's had the best price I could find.Date published: 2011-04-11Rated 5 out of 5 by crappie from GREAT ONION I grew this onion one year and it grew great. It's sweet tasting.Date published: 2009-01-11Rated 5 out of 5 by JulieS from Candy Hybrid onions This is one of the best onion I've ever eaten. I grow these every year and store them for winter use. After eating these, I wouldn't want another variety.Date published: 2007-08-29