Germ 7-10 days
Heirloom pre 1860
According to the 1930 D. M. Ferry catalog: “Very early with small top, the leaf stems being tinged with purple. Bulbs of medium size, purple; flesh white. Desirable for forcing and early outdoor planting.” 40 seeds
Outdoors- Early spring, 1/4” deep 2-4” apart with soil temps 55 degrees. Mid/ Late summer sowing for fall harvest
Harvest- The spring plantings under 2” for the most tender and sweet bulbs. Fall plantings can survive frosts and can be harvested when they are larger.
Tips- Grows best in the cooler weather of spring and late summer. Summer heat makes the bulbs woody and dry. Provide fertilizer and adequate moisture for optimum growth.