Vegetables Onions Full-Size Onions Desert Sunrise

Desert Sunrise

(F1) Onion Seed

Product ID: 303

Attractive short-day; the best red onion for overwintering in the North.

Beautiful flat-round bulbs with rich purple skins. Most bolt-tolerant red onion in ME and NH overwintering trials. Very sweet flavor with a spicy kick in the spring. Attractive bunches at 2" diameter, but can also be grown to 3" bulbs. Harvest-ready for spring markets (mid-late May, early June). Overwinter Desert Sunrise alongside Bridger for red and yellow spring onions. Also an excellent onion for fall and spring sowing in the South. For short-term storage (2-3 months). Adaptation: 30-36° latitude for spring sowing, 30-50° for overwintering. Intermediate resistance to pink root. Avg. 121,700 seeds/lb. Packet: 250 seeds.

Details

Size
Price
 
Quantity
Availability

Packet

$4.10
In Stock

1,000 Seeds

$6.00
In Stock

5,000 Seeds

$21.50
In Stock

25,000 Seeds

$94.75
In Stock

50,000 Seeds

$173.00
In Stock

100,000 Seeds

$280.00
In Stock
Add to Wishlist

Additional Information

We recommend the use of heavy row cover when overwintering Desert Sunrise in snowy regions. For low tunnels: Agribon + AG-50 in combination with Tufflite or other heavy-duty poly film is best. For high tunnels: Agribon + AG-50 over wire hoops.


CULTURE: Onions require full sun and fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Sandy loam soils are ideal; raised beds or raised rows are recommended for heavier soils to promote soil drainage.
DIRECT SEEDING: In April or early May, or as soon as the soil can be prepared in early spring, sow in a 2" wide band, about 2 seeds/in., 1/4- 1/2" deep, rows 12-18" apart. Thin to 1 1/2-2" apart for highest yields in fertile soil. Thin to 3-4" apart for larger onions.
TRANSPLANTING: In short-season areas, sow seeds indoors in flats in late February to mid-March. Broadcast 1/2" apart and cover 1/4". Tops may be clipped to 5" tall. Transplant to the garden 4" apart, or sow 5 seeds in each cell of 1-1 1/2" diameter plug trays, thinning to 3 per cell. Transplant each cell 6" apart.
CULTIVATION: Keep onions well weeded with shallow cultivation.
WATER: Onions are shallow rooted and grow best with at least 1" per week of rain or irrigation, especially during the bulbing phase.
DISEASES: Adequate air circulation and crop rotation aids in reducing the risk of foliar disease
HARVEST: When necks become soft and tops are falling over, pull and sun-cure at least 2-7 days, depending on weather. Move to a protected location to finish drying.
STORAGE: When dry, clip off tops and roots and store in onion bags or shallow boxes at near freezing and 65-70% humidity.
DAY LENGTH: Onion bulbing is triggered by day length, and maximum day length during the growing season increases from south to north. Short-day onions are grown at lower latitudes in the South, while intermediate and long-day onions are grown at higher latitudes. Refer to "Adaptation" in each variety description for details.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From direct seeding; subtract 10-15 days if transplants are used.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: 1 oz./25', 1M/50', 5M/250', 25M/1,250', 580M/acre @ 20 seeds/ft., in rows 18" apart.
TRANSPLANTS: Avg. 1 oz./4,900 plants, 1 lb./78,750.
SIZED SEEDS: Standard on all varieties.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/LB.: 96,900-127,700 (avg. 112,000).
PACKET: 250 seeds, sows 12' or makes 140 plants.

Johnny's is committed to your success, every step of the way.

We want you, our customer, to be 100% satisfied with all of our seeds, tools, and supplies. 

If anything you purchase from us proves unsatisfactory, we will either replace the item or refund the purchase price.

Quick Facts

Latin Name
Allium cepa
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
100 spring sown, 160 fall sown
Disease Resistance Codes
PR
Pink Root
PR
Hybrid Status
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.<br>Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Hybrid (F1)