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Old April 17, 2017   #1
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Default Free onion seedlings 4/17/2017

I am going to post this in as many places as I think it will get the correct attention. I haven't been here since April 2014 so I'm a little rusty on how stuff works here now.

I have 2 1020 trays of onion seedlings, you can all or some, whatever you want. I grew these from seed for a farmer who just told me to keep them! I want to find them a home cuz I hate to throw such nice seedlings into the compost pile, they are the nicest onion seedlings I ever grew! I am in southeastern Litchfield County in Connecticut. If you're near the northwestern CT border in NY or MA we aren't all that far apart.

1 1020 tray has 1,150 Copra onion seedlings. Copra is a yellow globe, 2 1/2" to 3" in diameter and is the longest storage onion. It's a hybrid onion. Copra will keep a minimum of 12 months in storage and I've kept them for 16 months from harvest. They are pretty sweet, not hot, which is surprising as sulfur compounds cause heat and long storage.

1 1020 tray has 1,150 Red Wing onion seedlings. Red Wing is a red globe, 3" to 4 1/2" in diameter and may be the longest red storage onion. It's a hybrid onion. Red Wing will keep a minimum of 10 months in storage and I've kept them for 12 months from harvest. They are pretty sweet but sometimes I find a hot Red Wing.

Now is the time to plant onions, they are cold and frost tolerant. Harvest is early to mid August here. They need full sun and don't compete well with weeds and being a root crop you need a bed that isn't full of stones.

PM me if you're interested. Naturally this offer is limited as onions should be planted today or even 10 days ago.

Tom
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Old April 19, 2017   #2
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Good to see you post again. I was just thinking about you when Prue came to mind.
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Old April 19, 2017   #3
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Wow, sounds like you have been busy! A very generous offer - I hope you find some local takers!
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Old April 23, 2017   #4
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So I gave away about 200 seedlings and a local farm took all the rest so at least I didn't have to compost them. I may have made a good connection, I told him I want to buy onions when he harvests them and he put my name and phone number into his phone. I see him at the local farmer's market anyway so I will stay in touch even if he forgets. Who knows he might want to do this on a regular basis but if so I'd want a good break on the price since it costs to keep these under lights for 10 weeks.

Over and out.
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Hey Tom where ya been??? I thought maybe that old moose got the better of you. Sure miss the B.S. ing back and forth!!! Looks like you got carried away planting onions. Good gardening to ya YOPPER
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