Garden Onion (Allium cepa 'Red River F1') 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

Harvested & Cleaned Bulbs

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Location: My GardensDate: August 28, 2017Harvested & Cleaned Bulbs
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Location: My GardensDate: August 28, 2017Ready For The Salad, Hamburger Or Pizza
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Location: My GardensDate: August 28, 2017Goes Well With Salad, Burgers & Pizza
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Posted by TBGDN (Indiana - Zone 5a) on Aug 29, 2017 6:03 AM

This is my first year growing Red River onion plants. I ordered them from Texas in April, and was unable to plant them until the first week in May because of cold, wet, rainy weather. Soil was too wet for tilling, therefore the delay. Normally my onions are in the soil by the second week in April if not sooner.

Even with bad weather all of my onion plants seemed no worse for delayed planting, and many grew into larger than average size bulbs. This hybrid variety is said to keep in storage from 3 to 5 months when properly stored. "Properly Stored" are the key words; meaning well cured, dried & ventilated in non-freezing conditions. A good root cellar is most helpful for storing ("remember well-ventilated").

This comment is from my own words, and is not intended as advice to others.

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Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Feb 3, 2019 1:35 PM

These are my go-to red onions. They have proven to be the best keepers for me, lasting for several months without getting bitter or sprouting, if cured properly. We still have a bunch now in February, in great shape, that were harvested in September.The flavor is mild and sweeter than many reds I've grown in the past. They don't get as large as some varieties we've grown, but are a great onion to use in cooking or to eat raw.

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