Garden Onion (Allium cepa 'Sweet Vidalia') in the Onions Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Vegetable
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Na (Sodium)
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects

Comments:
Posted by farmerdill (Augusta Georgia - Zone 8a) on May 28, 2013 9:37 AM

Sweet Vidalia is a cultivar from K-F Seeds. It is an F1 hybrid, bolt-resistant, high percent single centers; unusual mildness when grown in Vidalia, GA, area. Resistance: pink root. Similar: F1 Granex. Adaptation: short-day growing areas, especially Georgia. Introduced in 1985. This is just one of the the approximately two dozen Yellow Granex type varieties grown and marketed as "Vidalia" onions.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 31, 2012 5:30 AM

"A Vidalia onion is a sweet onion of certain varieties, grown in a production area defined by law in Georgia and by the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The varieties include the hybrid yellow granex, varieties of granex parentage, or other similar varieties recommended by the Vidalia Onion Committee and approved by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

The onions were first grown near Vidalia, Georgia, in the early 1930s. It is an unusually sweet variety of onion, due to the low amount of sulfur in the soil in which the onions are grown. Mose Coleman is considered the person who discovered the sweet Vidalia Onion variety in 1931.

Georgia's state legislature passed the "Vidalia Onion Act of 1986" which authorized a trademark for "Vidalia Onions" and limits the production area to Georgia or any subset as defined by the state's Commissioner of Agriculture." (Wikipedia)

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