Flat of Italy Bulb Cipollini Onion Seed

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Nearly impossible to find in grocery stores. The wine-colored, flattened globes are 1" tall by 2"–3" across. Their sweet-yet-robust flavor shines in fresh or cooked dishes — perfect for roasting, grilled kebabs, pickling or thinly sliced on a good sandwich. Harvest when tops fall over. Dry in the sun for 2 days, then cure out of the sun in a dry area for 5 days. Once dry, cut the roots to 1/4", and the greens to 1" to create a seal, preventing decay. Store in mesh bags in a cool, dry place for best storage results. Intermediate day.

  • Type: Annual
  • Days to germinate: 7-15
  • Days to maturity: 70
  • Sun/shade: Full sun
  • Start indoors: 10-12 weeks before last frost; sow ¼” deep in sterile planting medium. Transplant outdoors 4-6 before last frost date.
  • Direct-sow outdoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost; planting depth: 1/4”
  • Spacing: 2 seeds every 4”; thin to 1 plant when shoots are 2” tall. Plant rows 8”-12” apart.
  • Produce size: 2”-3” flat, circular red bulbs
  • Suitable for container growing: No
  • Year of discovery: Late 1800s; originated in Borretto, Italy

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