Onion, Karmen (Organic)
Allium cepa. Red Storage. 100 days.
One of the best open pollinated red onions available. Medium-early and uniform. Dark red skin with good red color through all of the bulb layers. Known as a good storage type and we have certainly seen this to be true. Medium sweet flavor. It grows very well for us here in Oregon and shows better downy mildew resistance than many other varieties. A Czech commercial variety popular throughout Central and Eastern Europe. We sourced our seed originally from a Hungarian seed company during our first Seed Ambassadors trip through Europe in 2006.
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.