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Mar 10, 2017 9:22 AM CST
Which varieties of onion plants are best to plant in Philadelphia, PA?
Name: Sandy B.
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Mar 10, 2017 8:30 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Ginaburnett .

You need long-day types, or intermediate-day types of onions for your location. (Southerners grow short-day types.)

Some of my favorites are Candy, Patterson, Cortland, and Red Wing -- but there are a lot of varieties out there! You can start with either plants or with "sets" (small onion bulbs that will grow into large onions); the sets that I buy locally aren't named varieties but just come in yellow, white and red. Smiling
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Mar 11, 2017 5:14 PM CST
Onion sets are the bag of dried little bulbs. Great for green onions in the spring.

You want onion plants - the ones that come in bunches of 50-100. The look like uprooted green onions and seem bedraggled. But the come to life when you plant them. These are the ones that will grow larger. And like Sandy says, you want the right variety, too.

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