Onion, Fehmel-Steig (Organic)
Allium cepa. Yellow Storage. 100 days
A pungent, yellow storage onion reportedly from Rheinland in Germany. Long day, storage type that stores well for over 6 months. Excelled in our 2016 trials of 12 varieties of storage onions, showing good uniformity of shape with hardly any doubles. Vigorous plants have leaves with unusually thick architecture. Very high yields when given plenty of fertility. An older open pollinated variety bred for commercial growers. Gifted to us by Harold Frasier who formerly worked as an onion breeder for the global onion market.
For bulb onions, sow indoors in flats with good potting soil February through March. Transplant into the garden in April or May, when plants are at least the size of a No. 2 pencil lead. Space 6” in rows that are 1’ apart. Onions benefit from frequent watering and shallow cultivation. Stop irrigating in August. Harvest when stem has shriveled and tipped over.
To save seed, replant at least 20 onions (to avoid inbreeding) in the second spring. Large, beautiful globe shaped flowers attract pollinators. Cut whole seed heads when they open and show the black seeds. Thresh gently and winnow to remove debris and hollow seeds. Isolate from other Alliums of the same species by at least ½ mile.