2020 Dixondale Farms Onion Plant Catalog

2020

We Know Onions!

Family Grown ONION PLANTS for 107Years

Walla Walla See page 15.

Our Guarantee We guarantee that you will receive healthy plants of adequate size that will transplant successfully. Contact us immediately if the plants you receive are not in good condition or have been damaged in transit. If your plants fail within 30 days of receipt, you may choose a credit, refund, or one-time replacement (if available). Unfortu- nately, due to unpredictable conditions caused by Mother Nature, we cannot guarantee the success of your crop. Our guarantee does not cover dam- age caused by factors beyond our control such as soil conditions, weather, insects, neglect, or any loss of revenue. Descriptions, illustrations, photos, disease resistance, etc. are based upon the results obtained under favorable conditions and certain races of pathogens/diseases.. First Time Customer! “ Just a note to say that every onion received in my order looks wonderful. We planted the day they arrived with zero losses. I’m very impressed! Thank you. ” – Deana Wood, Dewitt, AR Subscribe to The Onion Patch Our monthly newsletter clears up the misunderstanding in the mystery of growing onions! www.dixondalefarms.com FREE Shipping! See page 3 for details. FREE Planting Guide! FREE Expert Advice! Have a question? Give us a call at: (830) 876-2430 Order online: www.dixondalefarms.com

TEN WAYS TO ENSURE YOUR ONION SUCCESS!

Choose the right varieties for your area and plant at the proper time. Refer to our Zip Code Chart on the order form. Select a planting location with full sun, good drainage, and no disease history. Make sure to rotate your crops every year. Prepare your onion beds early so that a few crops of weeds can be flushed and tilled prior to planting. Apply a pre-emergent fertilizer and herbicide prior to planting (pages 10-11). This will help your onions get a good start in a weed-free environment. When your plants arrive, remove them from the box, cut the rubberband, and spread out plants in a well ventilated, cool area until you plant. Do not put them in soil or water. Water after planting. Use the “knuckle rule” to determine when to water during the season. If you can’t feel moisture up to your first knuckle when you stick your finger in the ground, then it’s time to water. Onions require 20 to 22" of water per season. Use drip or furrow irrigation rather than an overhead sprinkler system, which may promote the rapid spread of disease. Use a high source of nitrogen such as Ammonium Sulfate 21-0-0 or OmegaGrow (see page 10) every 3 weeks until the onions start to bulb. Spray weekly with a protective fungicide to prevent foliar diseases and rotting during storage. You won’t notice there is a problem with the dis ease until it is too late and they start rotting in storage (see page 11). When the tops start to fall over, lift the onions out of the ground. Place the top of one onion over the bulb of another to let the tops dry in the field. Clip the tops once you are able to squeeze the neck and not feel any moisture. Store the onions in a cool, dry, well-ventilated location. Place them in mesh bags or netting to permit air flow all around the onion and prevent one rotten onion from touching the others (see page 17). Growing Tips via Email “ I wanted to say thanks a lot for your periodic informational emails. For example, when to water and when to not, when to fertilize and when to stop, how to dry for best storage results, etc. It helps to read these updates from the experts which hopefully will improve our annual harvest! ” – Jim Schmerschneider, Northbrook, IL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Want growing tips emailed to you according to your onion plants’ specific growth stage? Sign up at: www.dixondalefarms.com

The Dixondale Farms Family

We are a family of farmers. For 107 years, we have grown our onion plants with passion, focusing on quality and customer service. Our farm and packing shed consists of dedicated and proud personnel that ensure each package contains plants that are grown, harvested, and packed properly and promptly to exceed our customers’ expectations. The outstanding care and quality of our onion plants comes down to one factor: our people. And together, we all love hearing from you, our customers, about your crop successes and challenges. As we move into the 2020 season, we look forward to another opportunity to provide our customers with the highest quality onion plants. – Bruce The Onionman and Jeanie Frasier

Dixondale Staff Picks

Mary Caddell Customer Service Manager Favorite Onion: Red Candy Apple, Page 9 Hobbies: Cooking & Decorating

Bonnie Hernandez Shipping Manager Favorite Onion: Yellow Granex, Page 5 Hobbies: Grandkids & Gardening

Emily King Post Harvest Manager

Favorite Onion: Sterling, Page 12 Hobbies: CrossFit & Baking

Choosing the Right Varieties forYour Area Onion plants have two growth phases. At first, they focus on growing roots and leaves. This is important because the size of a mature onion is determined by the size of the tops. Each leaf corresponds to a “ring” of onion, so lots of large leaves become lots of large rings. The second growth phase is bulb formation, which is triggered by a specific combination of daylight, darkness, and temperature. Choosing onion varieties that are adapted to your growing region ensures bulb formation will happen at the proper time to give you the best possible results.

Onion Plant Varieties

ShippingDates, Latitude, &Location

Ship from: Nov. 11, 2019 to Apr. 12, 2020 Best suited for latitudes of 25-36

Short Day – These varieties require 10-12 hours of daylength and do best in the southern states. Pages 4-7 Intermediate Day – Most widely adaptable varieties. They require 12-14 hours of daylength and do best in themid-section of the country. Pages 8-9 Long Day – These varieties require 14-16 hours of daylength and generally do best in northern states. Pages 12-15 Unique Varieties – Suitable for intermediate and long day growing areas. Page 16

Ship from: Dec. 2, 2019 to May 17, 2020 Best suited for latitudes of 32-42

Ship from: Jan. 6, 2020 to May 17, 2020 Best suited for latitudes of 37-47

Ship from: Jan. 6, 2020 to May 17, 2020 Best suited for latitudes of 32-47

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Leeks – Suitable for all growing areas.

Jan. 6, 2020 to May 17, 2020

Ship from: Jan. 6, 2020 to May 17, 2020 Best suited for latitudes of 37-47

Shallots – Suitable for long day growing areas.

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Fertilizers, Crop Protection, & Storage Products

Pages 10-11, 17 Available year round

Onion Bunch Pricing Approximately 50-75 plants per bunch Prices valid through May 2020

# of bunches

Total Price* $12.35 $17.80 $21.90 $26.80 $30.85 $35.70 $39.90 $43.60 $47.70 $51.90 $55.55 $58.80 $61.75 $65.10 $68.85

# of bunches

Total Price* $72.00 $74.80 $77.40 $80.75 $81.80 $84.00 $84.70 $85.10 $86.40 $87.75 $89.70 $91.80 $93.80 $94.25 $95.70

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Case Lot Discount Pricing 30 bunches per case 30 bunches per case 1500-2250 plants 1 case $85.85 Save 10% 2-9 cases $80.85 Save 15% 10-19 cases $75.85 Save 20% 20+ case $70.85 Save 25% Applies to single variety cases only. See order form for further details. Free UPS/FedEx Shipping!* (No P.O. Box deliveries, please.)

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Pricing example: 1 bunch Copra+1 bunch Sterling = 2 bunches for a total of $17.80. After 30 bunches, the pricing starts over. A 45 bunch order will be priced as a 30 bunch order plus a 15 bunch order ($95.70 + $68.85 = $164.55). Free Shipping* included in onion bunch pricing. *Exclusions apply to AK and HI orders over 10 bunches; add $2.00 per bunch over 10 bunches for shipping/handling.

*Alaska and Hawaii customers: add $40 per case for additional shipping and handling.

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Short DayVarieties Ship from Nov. 11, 2019 to Apr. 12, 2020

Jimmy Harden, Lubbock, TX

TEXAS LEGEND (TXL) ✪ Yellow, Globe Shape, Sweet, Open Pollinated ✪ Size Potential: 6" ✪ Storage Potential: 3-4 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 100-105 (Matures 10 to 14 days earlier than the 1015Y Texas Super Sweet) Introduced in 2013, this onion has been a huge success with customers. Revered for its uniformity, it is a pollinator for hybrid varieties that are grown in Vidalia, GA. Texas Legend has better storage potential than other short day varieties and will perform well in most intermediate day areas if planted early. Taste Great, Easy To Grow! “ Love this onion. Not only do they taste great and are easy to grow, if stored properly, they will last longer than the 3 to 4 months as listed. We still have quite a few onions that are in great condition! Highly recommend! ” – Michael & Linda Pinnerelli, Winchester, CA

Elmer Holtman, Burnet, TX

Terry Sexton, Bouse, AZ

SOUTHERN BELLE RED (SBR) ✪ Red, Flat to Grano Shape, Sweet, Hybrid ✪ Size Potential: 4" ✪ Storage Potential: 2-4 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 105-110 Better uniformity, more disease and bolt resistance, and larger size potential than any other short day red variety. Blushing deep red rings throughout the onion, this Southern Belle is truly a beauty and sweet as well. It is considered to be a mid to late short day onion.

Michael Sandys, Riverside, CA

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For best results, plant onions no more than 1 inch deep.

Short day varieties are best suited for the southern states and do well in latitudes 25-36. Bulbing starts when daylength hours reach 10-12 hours. If planted at the proper time, plants will mature in 90-110 days in the south and 75 days in the north. The earlier you plant them, the larger they will grow.

Best Short Day Seller!

1015Y TEXAS SUPER SWEET (1015) ✪ Yellow, Globe Shape, Sweet, Open Pollinated ✪ Size Potential: 6" ✪ Storage Potential: 2-3 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 105-110 1015Y Texas Super Sweet is the most widely adaptable short day onion! It is one of our most requested onions and one of the best varieties we sell. Known for its great flavor, large size, and disease resistance, you should produce good yields of 6" sweet, yellow onions under the correct growing conditions. 1015Y is considered a mid-short day onion and will perform well in most intermediate day areas if planted early. Large, Nice Size! “ First time I have ever ordered from you. I tried to grow 1015 onions for years with very little, wimpy success. With your large nice size onions, I had plenty to give to neighbors.WOW! Y’all have a customer for life! ” – Mike Walton, Friendswood, TX YELLOWGRANEX (YG) ✪ Yellow, Semi-Flat Shape, Sweet, Hybrid ✪ Size Potential: 5" ✪ Storage Potential: 1-2 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 90-100 ✪ Variety grown in Vidalia, GA, Noonday, TX, & on the island of Maui. Yellow Granex is one of the most popular sweet onions in America! This onion is a cross between Texas Legend and the old Bermuda onions producing large, semi-flat onions with rounded shoulders. This onion goes great in salads or salad dressings. This is the same variety we ship to growers of the world-famous Vidalia, GA onions.

Richard Schell, Redondo Beach, CA

Staff Pick!

Truett Welborn, Garland, TX Plant single row: 1 bunch every 20 feet. Plant double row: 1 bunch every 10 feet.

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Short DayVarieties Ship from Nov. 11, 2019 to Apr.12, 2020

Best Short Day Storage!

RED CREOLE (RED) ✪ Red, Globe Shape, Pungent, Open Pollinated Heirloom ✪ Size Potential: 3-4" ✪ Storage Potential: 6-7 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 100-110 Red Creole is our best short day storage onion! This onion has a spicy, Cajun type flavor and can be added to any dish for a bolder experience. This onion is small to medium in size with pungent red-purple flesh and tolerant to disease with very little bolt resistance. Well adapted to all short day growing areas. Best Tasting. Easy To Grow! “ What an easy onion to grow! We thought they would be small, but we were wrong! Best tasting onion I have ever had. ” – David Denham, Kilgore, TX

WHITE BERMUDA (WB) ✪ White, Flat Shape, Sweet, Open Pollinated Heirloom ✪ Size Potential: 3-4" ✪ Storage Potential: 2 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 85-95 ✪ Also known as Crystal Wax and Texas Sweet

Our recommendation for early green onions! Also known as the cocktail onion, the White Bermuda onion produces a smaller white onion with mild flavor and flat bulbs. Used to produce pearl or pickling onions in latitudes above 40 degrees, this heirloom variety was grown by our great-grandfather, John Mabson McClendon, back in 1913. In just 80 days, White Bermuda can produce 2" bulb onions that are great to sell at farmers’ markets with the tops still on.

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Growing Tip Be sure to use a fungicide throughout the growing season. Fungicide keeps onions healthy and helps ensure they reach their full storage potential.

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Michael & Linda Pinnerelli, Winchester, CA

Jerome & Debra Liess, Corona, CA

TEXAS EARLYWHITE (TW)

✪ White, Globe Shape, Sweet, Open Pollinated ✪ Size Potential: 5½-6" ✪ Storage Potential: 2-3 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 105-110

Easy to grow, good flavor, and disease resistant. Texas Early White is adaptable to more areas of the country and is a mid to late short day variety.

If planted early, it can be successfully grown in most intermediate day areas. This white onion is resistant to foliar disease, but has very little bolt resistance. Great for farmers’ markets. Only onion to win the Direct Gardening Association’s GreenThumb Award.

Great Yield. Very Sweet! “ This onion grew quite well for us. We planted two cases and had a great yield! They were very sweet and some even kept up to 6 months. ” – 3 Oaks Farm, Westminster, SC

SHORT DAY SAMPLER (SDS) We’ve made it easy for those who want to plant three of our short day varieties but may not have enough space to plant an entire bunch of each variety. Our Short Day Sampler is a bundle of 50-75 plants that includes a mixture of 1015Y Texas Super Sweet, Texas Early White, and Red Creole varieties, providing a nice combination of color and flavor. *Seed is mixed at planting and therefore, we cannot guarantee a certain number of each variety. Every Single Plant Grew! “ We just harvested the short day sampler onions we purchased in December. The instructions provided are easy to follow, and every single plant grew. We have quite a few very large onions of each variety. I will definitely purchase again this fall. Thank you. ” – Alysa Guidry, Austin, TX

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Miller Career & Technology Center, Katy, TX

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Use a fungicide during the growing season to help avoid rotting in storage.

Intermediate Day Varieties

All-American Selection Onion!

SUPER STAR (SUP) ✪ White, Globe Shape, Sweet, Hybrid ✪ Size Potential: 4" ✪ Storage Potential: 2 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 95 ✪ Also known as the Sierra Blanca Super Star is our most widely adaptable white variety that will grow well in almost all areas. While it performs best in intermediate day areas, Super Star is the most popular variety for commercial growers in Texas, New Mexico, California, and Colorado. Its dark colored foliage and shiny white bulbs make it an attractive onion to sell with the foliage still on.

Jennifer Ellis, Oconto, NE

Awesome Performer! “ Super Star onions are awesome performers! Year after year they produce massive bulbs that tip the scale despite the vast differences in weather over the last few years. Survived record heat and drought this last year and still produced some of our largest onions. The taste on these are absolutely the best in cooked dishes and salsas. A definite standard onion we plant every year and will continue to do so. ” – Rowher’s Farm, Pleasant View, CO Intermediate DAY SAMPLER (IDS) We’ve made it easy for those who want to plant all three of our E X C L U S I V E

famous intermediate varieties but may not have enough space to plant an entire bunch of each variety. Our Intermediate Day Sampler is a bundle of 50-75 plants that includes a mixture of Candy, Super Star, and Red Candy Apple varieties, providing a nice combination of color and flavor. *Seed is mixed at planting and therefore, we cannot guarantee a certain number of each variety.

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When you receive your plants, cut the rubber bands off for proper ventilation.

Ship from Dec. 2, 2019 to May 17, 2020 Intermediate day varieties can be planted almost anywhere with great results. They do well in latitudes 32-42. Bulbing starts when daylength reaches 12-14 hours. If planted at the proper time, plants will mature in 100 days.

CANDY (CAN) ✪ Yellow, Globe Shape, Sweet, Hybrid ✪ Size Potential: 6" ✪ Storage Potential: 3 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 90-100 Candy is the variety that we recommend most often. Unless you live in the most southern portions of the short day areas or the very most northern portions of the long day area, this onion will produce beyond your expectations. We produce over 60 million Candy onion plants every year to meet the demand of our customers. Long day areas should plant Candy as early as possible so it can reach full size potential. Resistant to foliar disease and bolting. Great for first time onion growers! Six Stars if I could! “ I always had trouble growing a good-sized onion until I came across Dixondale and their Candy onions. Now, I have all I need and sell the surplus. Only problem is that I never seem to have enough to sell; I always run out! Customers always ask me when the onions will be ready so that they don’t miss out! I have grown some as large as 4 lbs. Six stars if I could! ” – William Finders, Everton, MO RED CANDY APPLE (RCA) ✪ Deep Red, Flat Globe Shape, Sweet, Hybrid ✪ Size Potential: 3" ✪ Storage Potential: 2-3 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 85-95 Dixondale Farms is proud to have the exclusive on this variety! Red Candy Apple has proved to be a reliable red intermediate day onion year after year. Although smaller in size, this onion can be pushed to grow larger with additional nitrogen. Allow to grow to full maturity as this onion finishes strong. This red onion’s color moves inside producing the most beautiful red onion on the market. Contains a higher concentration of quercetins, an antioxidant compound that helps delay or slow damage to the cells and tissue of the body. Not recommended for northern portions of the long day area unless planted early as it will bulb earlier than other intermediate day varieties.

Our Best Seller Overall!

Dale & Cheryl Kaskey, Aurelia, IA

Most Popular RedVariety!

Staff Pick!

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Scott Bonelli’s grandson, Aiden, Poway, CA

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Onions require 20-22 inches of water per season.

Onion Fertilizers All bags are resealable!

Dixondale Farms Onion Special 10-20-10 (FERT) Micronutrients such as copper (Cu), molybdenum (Mo), manganese (Mn), and zinc (Zn) are all required in small amounts in onions, but have a large impact on their growth and yield. Unlike the major

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nutrients such as nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K) that can easily accumulate and be replaced in the soil, micronutrients do not accumulate and must be added annually. Lack of these micronutrients may cause stunting after transplanting.

The crucial period for application is during the initial growing period so be sure to apply this product in your soil before planting!

4 lb. bag (treats 200 ft. of row or approx. 20 bunches) $20.95 12 lb. bag (treats 600 ft. of row or approx. 60 bunches) $40.95

Dixondale FarmsWeed & Feed 10-20-10 (WEED) This unique blend of our fertilizer with micronutrients is mixed with an organic pre-emergent herbicide (corn gluten) to provide weed control and the initial fertilizer your onions, leeks, and shallots need. The formulation is adjusted to not burn the roots of the plants and to keep all weeds from germinating. Can be used on all transplants in your garden, but not on anything that is direct seeded. Can be reapplied as needed during the growing season. 4 lb. bag (treats 100 sq. ft. or approx. 10 bunches) $20.95 12 lb. bag (treats 300 sq. ft. or approx. 30 bunches) $40.95

Dixondale Farms All Natural Weed & Feed 3-5-3 (NWF) This unique blend of organic fertilizer (3-5-3) is mixed with an organic pre-emergent herbicide (corn gluten) to provide weed control and the essential fetilizer ingredients your onions, leeks, and shallots need. The formulation is adjusted to not burn the roots of the plants and to keep all weeds from germinating. Can be used on all transplants in your garden, but not on anything that is direct seeded. Can be reapplied as needed during the growing season. 4 lb. bag (treats 100 sq. ft. or approx. 10 bunches) $22.95 12 lb. bag (treats 300 sq. ft. or approx. 30 bunches) $43.95

Nitrogen is the element that encourages plants to produce foliage. Feeding your onions with a high nitrogen based fertilizer every 3-4 weeks until bulbing will produce larger bulbs.

OmegaGrow Organic Foliar Feed (OMEGA) Contains ammoniacal nitrogen, water soluble nitrogen, phosphate, and soluble potash. A rich source of nutrients that slowly break down and release nitrogen into

Ammonium Sulfate 21-0-0 (AS) Large onions need to have numerous large leaves. This high nitrogen based fertilizer encourages

leaf formation. Apply every 3-4 weeks until the onions start to bulb. 4 lb. bag (treats 150 ft. of row or approx. 5 bunches for 3 applications) $20.95 12 lb. bag (treats 450 ft. of row or 15 bunches for 3 applications) $40.95

the soil, continually supporting root growth, top development, and yield, but never harming the environment. Produced from Menhaden fish. 1 pint (treats approx 10 bunches per season) $19.95 2 or more $17.95 each

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Crop Protection

Disease & Insect Protection

Mancozeb Fungicide with Zinc (MF) A broad spectrum, protectant fungicide that prevents fungal and bacterial spores from forming on your leaves. These spores will be transferred to the bulbs creating decay and unusable bulbs. Contains zinc, iron, and manga- nese to keep tops healthy after spraying. Effective in controlling common onion diseases such as Downy, Powdery, Blight, Neck Rot, Purple Blotch, and Botrytis. Can be used on almost all fruits and vegetables. 1 pint (treats approx. 30 bunches per season) $20.95 2 or more $18.95 each Most onion plant diseases are preventable when you use the appropriate fungicides and insecticides. Using the growing solutions we offer will keep your plants healthy and produce bountiful crops of delicious onions.

OxiDate Organic Fungicide (OXD) Offers powerful disease control for all vegetable plants. To prevent disease, you must kill spores. These spores are so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. Proven effective on killing fungal and bacterial spores on con- tact while being eco-friendly. Leaves no chemical residue

Neem Organic Insecticide & Fungicide (NEEM)

For organic gardening controlling Botrytis, Tip Blight, Rust, Downy mildew, Powdery mildew, Spider Mites, Aphids, Whiteflies, and other insect pests. Multi-purpose fungicide/insecticide/miticide - 3 in 1 product. Kills egg, larvae, and adult stages of insects. Prevents fungal attack

of plant tissue. This product can be used on vegetables, fruits, nuts, flower, and house plants. This product cannot be shipped to CA. 1 – 32 fl. oz. bottle (treats approx. 5 bunches per season) $19.95 2 or more $17.95 each

behind. May be used as a preventative and curative treatment on any type of fruit or vegetables. 1 – 32 fl. oz. bottle (treats approx. 5 bunches per season) $19.95 2 or more $17.95 each

Weed Control

Treflan Herbicide Granules (TG)

Grass Killer Post-Emergent Herbicide (GK)

Onions do not like to compete with weeds. Treflan granules prevent 27 different grasses and weeds in your garden. This is a pre-emergent

Keep hard-to-kill grasses out of your onion patch! Grass Killer takes care of most perennial grasses

11 The ideal pH is 6.2-6.8, but onions will grow in almost any soil and almost any pH. up to 1 foot high. This product works best on younger, actively growing seedling weeds. Well established grasses may require additional applications. Works on other fruits and vegetables, as well. herbicide which does not kill weeds, but prevents them from germinating. 4 lb. bag (treats approx. 3000 sq. ft.) $19.95 2 or more $17.95 each 1 – 8 oz. bottle (treats approx. 14,000 sq. ft.) $25.95 2 or more $24.95 each

Long DayVarieties Ship from Jan. 6, 2020 to May 17, 2020 L ong day varieties grow best in northern states with 14-16 hours of daylength. Best suited for latitudes 37-47. Matures in 90-120 days.

Best Storage Onion!

STERLING (STR) ✪ White, Globe Shape, Slightly Pungent, Hybrid ✪ Size Potential: 5" ✪ Storage Potential: 4-6 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 100-110 Sterling is a consistent performer with tall, vigorous tops that may help protect against sun scalding. Its uniform bulbs range in size from jumbo to colossal. Sterling is resistant to foliar disease and bolting. This is the most popular long day red onion grown by commercial growers. Deep internal red color continues to develop during storage. May not do well in southern portions of the long day areas since this is a true long day and does require at least 15 hours of daylength to bulb. This onion will hold well in storage. Resistant to foliar disease and bolting. Staff Pick! REDWING (RW) ✪ Red, Globe Shape, Slightly Pungent, Hybrid ✪ Size Potential: 3-4" ✪ Storage Potential: 8-10 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 120 Consistent Performer! “ Been planting Copra for 4 years and it has been the most consistent onion every year, even with the Midwest weather we had this year. It continues to produce 3-4" onions and keeps well over the winter. ” – Curtis McMillan, Crete, NE COPRA (COP) ✪ Yellow, Globe Shape, Slightly Pungent, Hybrid ✪ Size Potential: 3-4" ✪ Storage Potential: 8-10 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 110-115 Copra seed is in high demand! Dixondale Farms has purchased all seed production available at this time, so availability may be limited. Looking for an onion that stores almost a full year? Copra is the variety for you! This is the sweetest tasting onion for storage. It stays firm and flavorful after most other varieties have sprouted. Trials indicate Copra makes larger sizes in cooler, wet summers and is resistant to foliar disease. Order early to ensure plant availability.

Jeff Laszloffy, Laurel, MT

Dave Berberch, Sturgeon Bay, WI

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Ginger & Jill Reeve, Midvale, UT

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Sliced onions can sooth insect bites and burns on the skin.

Long Day Storage varieties will start bulbing when daylength reaches 15-16 hours, while Long Day Sweet varieties start bulbing when daylength reaches 14-15 hours. Sweet varieties mature in fewer days, as well.

RED ZEPPELIN (RZ) ✪ Dark Red, Globe Shape, Slightly Pungent, Hybrid ✪ Size Potential: 3-4" ✪ Storage Potential: 6-8 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 100-110 Want flavor and storage potential? Red Zeppelin is for you! Widely adaptable to all long day growing areas. When allowed to fully ma- ture, this onion will have intense red rings throughout. Yellow Sweet Spanish produces a jumbo size bulb (3 lb.) with white flesh. Matures early to fill the slot in your garden for onions after Walla Walla and before the storage vari- eties. Gardeners love these because they grow quickly without much effort. Grows well in intermediate areas if planted early. YELLOW SPANISH (YS) ✪ Yellow, Globe Shape, Mild, Open Pollinated ✪ Size Potential: 6" ✪ Storage Potential: 4 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 100 pungency. Grows very vigorous foliage and is widely adaptable to most northern growing areas. BLUSH (BL) ✪ Brown to Pink Champagne, Globe Shape, Slightly Pungent, Hybrid ✪ Size Potential: 3-4" ✪ Storage Potential: 4-6 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 100-110 This unique cross between a yellow and red onion has a delicate, pink internal structure. Very popular in French markets. Tight brownish to pink champagne skin dries down quickly. Internally the rings are light purple to pink, which are sweet with a bit of

NEW for 2020!

Chad & Sarah Olson Family, Sebeka, MN

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Kevin Flynn, Eureka, MT

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Onions are the world’s 6th most popular vegetable crop by production.

Long DayVarieties Ship from Jan. 6, 2020 to May 17, 2020

Our Largest Onion!

AILSA CRAIG (AC) ✪ Yellow, Globe Shape, Sweet, Open Pollinated Heirloom ✪ Size Potential: 8" (Up to 6 lb.) ✪ Storage Potential: 1 month ✪ Days to Harvest: 95 ✪ Also known as Kelsae Sweet Giant and Exhibition Impress your neighbors and try growing a record-sized onion! The key is to plant Ailsa Craig early and never let it slow down. This heirloom variety was introduced in 1887 by David Murray, gardener for the Marquis of Ailsa, who lived on the small island off the coast of Scotland. Ailsa Craig does not store well, so enjoy it soon after harvesting.

James Pannier, Rice Lake, WI

RED RIVER (RR) ✪ Dark Red, Globe Shape, Sweet, Hybrid ✪ Size Potential: 3-4" ✪ Storage Potential: 3-5 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 95

Red River is a highly adaptable onion variety for both intermediate and long day regions. Considered both a “long intermediate day” and a “short long day” onion. Red River boasts a strong root system and nice, dark red color. Red River has high yield potential and good storage potential. It’s resistant to foliar disease and bolting.

Phil Greif, Elgin, OR

RINGMASTER (RM) ✪ White, Globe Shape, Mild, Open Pollinated ✪ Size Potential: 5" ✪ Storage Potential: 4-5 months

✪ Days to Harvest: 100 ✪ Improved variety of White Sweet Spanish Ringmaster has large bulbs

with firmwhite rings surrounding a single center. The sweet and mild flavor is perfect for cooking, and of course, making delicious fried onion rings. The firm, white bulbs have a mild flesh and dark green tops just right for green onions. Ringmaster is resistant to foliar disease.

Craig Williams, Freeport, IL

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The largest onion ever grown weighed 18 lbs and was an Ailsa Craig!

Approximately 50-75 Onion Plants per Bunch!

Customer Favorite!

WALLAWALLA (WW) ✪ Yellow, Semi-Flat Shape, Sweet, Open Pollinated ✪ Size Potential: 6" ✪ Storage Potential: 1 month ✪ Days to Harvest: 90 ✪ Can also be grown in Intermediate Day areas The Walla Walla is another customer favorite for its flavor and ease in growing! The story of Walla Walla sweet onions began over a century ago on the Island of Corsica, off the west coast of Italy. They were brought to Walla Walla, Washington by a French soldier. The variety has an excellent sweet and mild flavor that is versatile for all types of use. Bulbs are early maturing, cold hardy, and have relatively low sulfur content.

COVER FEATURE! Mike Price’s grandson, Landon, Rochelle, IL

LONG DAY SAMPLER (LDS) We’ve made it easy for those who want to plant three of our long day varieties but may not have enough space to plant an entire bunch of each variety. Our Long Day Sampler is a bundle of 50-75 plants that includes a mixture of Walla Walla, Ringmaster, and Redwing varieties, providing a nice combination of color and flavor. *Seed is mixed at planting and therefore, we cannot guarantee a certain number of each variety.

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Alex Fritz, Cross Patch Farms, Morrill, ME

HIGHLANDER (HL) ✪ Yellow, Slightly Flat Globe Shape, Sweet, Hybrid ✪ Size Potential: 3-4" ✪ Storage Potential: 4-5 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 90 Highlander has very firm bulbs with thin necks that cure down easily. Excellent yield potential with primarily jumbo production. This onion can be planted in all intermediate day areas as well as long day areas. Highlander is tolerant to foliar diseases.

Bill Slack, Colfax, CA

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Hand-picked onion plants delivered right to your door!

UniqueVarieties Ship from Jan. 6, 2020 to May 17, 2020 Suited for Intermediate and Long Day areas

BORETTANA CIPOLLINI (CIP) ✪ Yellow, Flat Shape, Mild, Open Pollinated Heirloom ✪ Size Potential: 3" ✪ Storage Potential: 5 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 105 ✪ Plant 2" apart for a cute shish-kabob onion These pretty little Italian onions fromBoretto, Italy have a flattened spherical shape and look just like rosy-bronze glossy buttons, each about 1-3" diameter and 1" thick. They have firm, fine grained flesh, well-developed flavor, and satiny skins. When cooked, they really sweeten up and caramelize to a beautiful color. RED MARBLE CIPOLLINI (RC) ✪ Dark Red, Flat Shape, Mild, Open Pollinated Heirloom ✪ Size Potential: 2-3" ✪ Storage Potential: 5 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 90 ✪ Plant 2" apart for a cute shish-kabob onion Red Marble Cipollini onions have a wonderful ruby red color and produce 2" mini onions with slightly pungent flavor. They produce unique pearl onions that are great for pickling, roasting, and colorful dishes. Market this unique variety at farmers’ markets as it’s seldom found in retail outlets due to very little commercial production. This wonderful old Italian specialty onion is originally from Tropea, the Calabrian town in Italy known for its superb cuisine. Italian torpedo onions can be used in any stage. When pulled as baby onions, just as the stems start to swell, their beautiful, bright magenta color, mild flavor, and crunchy texture work well in salads. When they bulb up, they have an elongated torpedo shape and develop a deep pungent flavor. REDTORPEDOTROPEA (RT) ✪ Red, Torpedo Shape, Sweet, Open Pollinated ✪ Size Potential: 6" in length ✪ Storage Potential: 3 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 110 ✪ Plant 2" deep for the torpedo shape

Sue Entsminger, Gakona, AK

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Store onions at 45-55 degrees and 60-70% humidity.

Storage Products Storage Tip: Three areas to watch when curing onions: the roots, the outside layer of skin, and the neck. After pulling the onions out of the ground, wait to trim the tops until you don’t feel any moisture at the base of the neck when rubbing it between your thumb and forefinger.

MESH NETTING (MN) The perfect way to keep onions garden-fresh for later use. Approximately 9 ft. of mesh netting stores 10-12 onions, depending on size. Tie a knot at the end of the netting. Drop in an onion. Tie another knot and repeat the process. Hang and store in a cool, dry place. Simply clip below a knot to enjoy an onion. 1-9 nettings $1.50 each 10 or more $1.00 each Every Crop Has Been a Success! “ Just wanted to thank you for all your growing tips and onion info! I’ve been growing your onions for about 3 or 4 years now and every crop has been a success. Not only do you sell a superior product, but you stick with us to the end, and I appreciate it. ” – Alana Kenner, Waterville, WA

Hudson England, Smoot, WY

ONION STORAGE BAGS Store your onions and garlic with these bags! The bags provide air circulation, which is crucial for long-term storage. Drawstring closure. 5 lb. Storage Bag (SB5) Great for farmers’ markets and gift bags. 10 lb. Storage Bag (SB10) Works well for larger producers and farmers’ markets. 50 lb. Storage Bag (SB50) Recommended for larger producers. 1-9 bags $2.75 each 10 or more $2.25 each

Best Crop Ever! “ I just wanted to thank you all for your product. This is by far our best crop of onions ever. This just happens to be our first year using your products. I can’t wait for next year! ” – Edward Syracuse, Buffalo Mills, PA

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Lancelot Leeks Ship from Jan. 6, 2020 to May 17, 2020 Suitable for all growing areas.

LANCELOT LEEKS (LL)

(throwing dirt on the shaft), they will continue to grow. Lancelot Leeks’ long, 12-14" shafts look great and have excellent flavor. Leek plants are priced separately due to high production costs. 1 bunch.............................................. $15.50 each 2-9 bunches....................................... $13.50 each 10 bunches........................................ $63.00 total 30 bunch case (1500-1800 plants) .....$105.00 2 or more 30 bunch cases...................$95.00 each

✪ Long, white shafts have blue/green upright flag, Open Pollinated ✪ Size Potential: 12-14" shafts ✪ Days to Harvest: 75 Lancelot Leeks are great for soups, salads, and roasting. Each bunch contains approximately 50-60 plants. Leeks are not daylength sensitive. As long as you keep blanching them

Big, Weather Proof, and Easy to Grow! “ I grow Lancelot Leeks every year, and my grandson won a Grand Champion ribbon at the County Fair for some he grew and dehydrated. Big, weather proof, and easy to grow. I highly recommend them. ” – Angela Barnes, White Cloud, MI

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Planting guide included with every order.

Shallots Ship from Jan. 6, 2020 to May 17, 2020 Shallots are recommended for long day areas.

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Jeff Laszloffy, Laurel, MT

TRADITIONAL SHALLOTS (SHL)

✪ Red Rust Colored Skin, Traditional Shape, Hybrid ✪ Size Potential: 2-3" ✪ Storage Potential: 7-8 months ✪ Days to Harvest: 110-120 A traditional shaped shallot with slightly higher shoulders like French Shallots. Red rust colored skin and light pink flesh with bulbs measuring up to 3". Shallots grown from transplants will grow much

larger than shallots grown from sets. Add shallots to any dish for great flavor! Each bunch contains 50-60 plants. Shallots can be grown in intermediate day areas if planted early, but may not reach full size potential. Shallot plants are priced separately due to high production costs. 1 bunch................................................. $15.50 each 2-9 bunches.......................................... $13.50 each 10 bunches........................................... $63.00 total 30 bunch case (1500-1800 plants) . ... $105.00 2 or more 30 bunch cases...................... $95.00 each

First Time Customer . . . Dixondale Has Won My Business! “ I have been trying to grow shallots for years. I decided to try one last time and ordered from you. I was worried as it was a cool and wet in May and early June. But once the heat kicked in and they started to take up nutrients and away they went. This was my first time not buying from a local grower, and Dixondale has won my business going forward! Great prices and awesome quality! ” – Mark Nicholas, Exeter, ME

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Plant shallots 1 to 1 ½ inches deep and 2 inches apart.

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