Onion, Gold Princess (Organic)
Allium cepa. Yellow. 85 days. Day neutral.
Very early maturing globe onion that matures weeks earlier than every other variety of onion we grow. The multi-purpose Gold Princess is commonly planted very close together and picked small for pickling, or for little fresh pearl onions, but we prefer to grow it like a normal onion, as it grows into a great full size, gold-skinned bulb with rich pungent flavor. Does not develop very many wrappers, making it great for cooking but not for storage. Very large bulbs will store through December, smaller bulbs may make it into spring. Very reliable and tasty. Its history is a mystery to us, but seems to be day-neutral as we have heard reports of it growing well in Louisiana.
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.