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Onion, Short Day Texas Early Grano

  Onion, Texas Early Grano

Heirloom. Organic. One of the most popular for gardeners, this jumbo-sized onion is mild with golden brown skin. These golden onions produce fruit up to 3-4” diameter and their great flavor lasts longer than most other varieties. The Texas Early Grano  was developed in an attempt to combine the best elements of the Texas Grano 502 and the Ben Shemen onion. The resulting onion has a bright yellow color and a globelike shape. It's a relatively good crop for large-scale production, storing very well, though it does ripen slightly later than its parent, the 'Grano 502', taking 10 to 15 days longer to mature, on average. Its resistance to pink root disease is quite good, however, and it has a very uniform yield and shape. Onions have a white flesh and are very sweet and flavorful.  Excellent for salads, slices, and cooking.  Stores well.

Planting Texas Early GranoOnion

While starting seeds of the Texas Early Grano Onion is not necessarily difficult, the right conditions will make the process successful. Sow Texas Early Grano Onion seeds directly in the ground in the spring when the threat of frost has passed or start in containers several weeks before transplanting into soil. Keep the ground moist but not wet for the first couple of weeks. Pick a sunny, well-drained spot for planting for the best performance. Texas Early Grano Onion prefers a well-drained fertile soil in a sunny position.  This onion needs about an inch of water each week to develop proper bulbs.

Height: 18-24”    Days to harvest—90 to 105 Days

Spacing: 4-6" inches Depth: 1/16  inch Germination: 15-25 days

Starting from Seed Indoors

Generally, the time to start your seeds is about 6- 8 weeks before the last expected spring frost date in your area, planting the seedlings outdoors about 2 weeks after that date. Another way to figure is to plan on setting out sturdy seedlings in the garden when night temperatures stay in the mid-50 degree range both day and night. Count back and sow seeds 2 to 3 weeks before that date normally arrives. Place a few seeds (5 to 10) into each pot and push them into the soil with your finger. Cover the seeds to a depth of approximately 1/16 inches of the potting mix. Mist each  pot with water until the soil appears moist. Place the pots in an area which will provide both light (which is required for germination) and heat, preferably about 65 to 70 degrees F and at least 8 hours of light each day. Check on the seeds every day and keep the seeds damp but not drenched by misting with your plant mister. You should see sprouting in about 15 to 25 days. Once your seedlings have reached about 4 to 6 inches in height, choose an area in your garden to transfer them. You can also use containers like barrels or clay pots. Dig holes twice the width and depth of each of your pots. Fill up each hole with water then let it drain off. Place a pot in the hole center and level so that your seedling is at the same level as the surrounding soil. Push dirt in carefully all the way to fill the hole back up. Water each seedling carefully so as not to soak the leaves or stem. Onions like rich soil, add lots of organic matter to the soil before planting. 

Direct-seeding into the Garden

Turn over the area you've selected to a depth of approximately 1/2 inches. Rake the area until it's level and smooth. Water the area until the soil is damp but not saturated. Scatter the seeds in the area. Gently rake the area to distribute the seeds further and protect them from birds. Or, press the seeds into the soil and cover with no more than 1/16 inches of soil. You can also place 2 to 3 seeds every 3 to 4 inches in rows approximately 8-10 inches apart, and cover seeds with 1/16 inches of soil. Place planting stakes around the area so you will know where to water. Check on your seeds about once a day. Make sure to mist the soil whenever it appears dry. Germination for Texas Early Grano Onion plants is approximately 15 to 25 days, depending on the warmth of the soil.   

Germination Problems

Growing plants from seeds successfully depends on a lot of factors and this makes it impossible to guarantee success on every batch of seeds planted.  Factors include, soil composition, PH, temperature, moisture levels, seed depth, soil density, seed viability, seed storage and many others.  We tested the germination of all our seeds and this seed variety is around 80%, but your results may vary based on exactly how you plant and all the environmental factors.  Good luck.