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Adrien Lapointe
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In my climate, most people start their onions inside in February. I have a couple of friends who start theirs in April, but it a variety that matures in 60 days.

I was wondering if anybody has had experience direct seeding onions in an area where the last frost is around mid-May and the first frost around mid-Sept with long summer days (15.5 hrs at the solstice).

I read that the Early Yellow Globe onion can be directly seeded.
 
Fred Tyler
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I've ordered several varieties that i plan to direct seed here at wheaton labs. Most of the seed catalogs i looked at had directions for either transplanting or direct seeding of onions. Our climate is something similar to what you describe. I'll let you know how it turns out.
 
Tyler Ludens
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Perennial Leek aka Elephant Garlic grows easily from seed and is a super tough plant, surviving here with no irrigation.  It will propagate by self seeding and division.



 
Adrien Lapointe
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What varieties did you order?
 
Fred Tyler
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For my plot, I ordered Early NY, Crystal White, Clear Dawn, and Dakota Tears. Any of which might be saved for seed the following year. For basecamp I ordered Red Bull, Talon, and Patterson, all hybrids we will not be saving for seed.

We are hedging our bets with 100 transplants as well.
 
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I did it once with decent success.  They were grown in a raised bed, seed planted a week or so before expected last frost.  A decent harvest was had, but the onions were smaller than I would have liked.  I can't remember the particular variety, though I would say being at my latitude they were a long day variety.  I've since gone back to starting my seed early and transplanting after danger of frost.  I get bigger onions and a better harvest.
 
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