Onion Flat of Italy (Heirloom)
Days to maturity: 70. This Italian heirloom has been available to gardeners since the late 1800s but is hard to find in stores. A gourmet "cipollini" (meaning "little onion" in Italian) type, the beautiful, flattened red globes are 1" high by 2" - 3" in diameter. Their sweet flavor is delicious fresh or cooked - perfect for roasting and grilled kebabs.
This packet plants three 10 foot rows.
Days to Emerge: 10 - 15
Seed Depth: 1/4"
Seed Spacing: 2"
Row Spacing: 8"-12"
Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 3" apart
When to sow outside: 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost or as soon as soil can be worked. Note: Unseasonable cold weather later in the growing season may cause some of the onions to bolt early.
When to start inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 12 weeks before average last frost. The earlier the start, the bigger/earlier the bulb is produced. Transplant outdoors when 2" - 4" tall.
Harvesting: This unique onion is best harvested when it reaches between 1" and 3" in diameter. The longer the onion is in the ground, the larger the bulb grows. Pull up the onions and dry them in the garden in the sun for a few days. After drying, remove the roots and greens, but leave about 1" of the neck to seal and prevent entrance of decay organisms.
Artist: Marjorie Leggitt