Red Wethersfield Onion

Allium cepa | SKU: 0395
1 Reviews
$3.75 to $27.14
  • Long-day onion
  • Flattened globe-shaped bulbs
  • Purple-red skin
  • Concentric circles of red
  • 100 days from transplant

$3.75 to $27.14

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Item Details

(aka Dark Red Beauty) Listed as Large Red in 1834 by Hovey & Co. of Boston. By 1850, the name Wethersfield was in use by such companies as Comstock, Ferre & Co of Wethersfield, Connecticut. Large flattened globes with purple-red skin. Mildly pungent flesh with red concentric circles. Best used for salads and garnishes, not for extended storage. Long-day type. 100 days from transplant.

Learn to Grow Red Wethersfield Onion

Start Indoors: 4-6 weeks before transplanting

Germination: 4-10 Days

Plant Outdoors: 4-6” Apart

Light: Full Sun

Instructions - Sow seeds indoors in flats ¼" deep and space 1" in all directions. Transplant outdoors as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Keep onions well weeded with shallow cultivation.

Ratings & Reviews

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Great flavor, does not keep well.


I would say overall these are a very good onion. Being a red onion they are sweeter than yellow or white varieties, they grew pretty consistently, and were fairly uniform in shape and size.

They tolerated the hot windy climate we have here in Kansas in the summer, the reason for a four-star rating instead of a five-star rating is that they do not keep well. Most Red Onion varieties don't. This is definitely an onion that you're going to want to preserve somehow. Even after leaving them to cure until they had a good papery shell, quite a few of them started going bad fairly quickly. However they are delicious when pickled, and were an excellent addition to sandwiches, salads, and soups after allowing them to pickle through lactofermentation.