Where to Buy Potato Onion Starts
This page is intended as a source page for acquiring potato onion starts. I will try to update as I get more information. If you know of any source not listed, please contact me. I don’t necessarily vouch for the sources in regards to either service or authenticity, I’m just listing claimed sources, so buyer beware. I also don’t know for sure how many kinds are really out there. The early literature I’ve looked into did not leave the impression that there were many varieties available in the past and I don’t recall mention of any red types. It has been common for purveyors to sell Shallots as Potato Onions and suppliers may not even know the difference, so be aware of that issue. I don’t have any financial interest in any of these except of course for the few I have to sell.
Potato Onions can be fall planted in milder areas with no especial care. They can also be fall planted in cold areas if they are hilled up with soil to cover, but the soil must be pulled away from the plants in the spring so that just the roots are buried and the bulb is sitting at ground level where it will be less prone to fungal diseases. Optionally, store until spring and plant then. Some may be lost to decay in storage, but they keep remarkably well in general. I planted some in September this year which had been held over from the previous summer’s crop, so they were over a year old. All of that time they were stored under unideal conditions including hanging in a often very hot trailer all summer long. Still, they do spoil and it isn’t uncommon to lose a number of them right after harvest and then a few here and there through the winter, so for spring planting you’d be better to order in the spring. I’m not sure who, if anyone, ships them in the spring.
I sometimes have a few Yellow Potato Onion sets to sell. I have a limited number in fall 2012 as starter kits of 20 or more bulbs, which is around right around 1/2 pound, for 7 bucks plus shipping. The bulbs are mostly small with a few larger ones. The large ones will make more small ones and small ones fewer large ones. If they are grown out the first year and all planted the second they will yield a sizable crop for a home producer, or quite a lot of seed for a larger planting. these are the Heirloom Yellow Potato Onions I’ve been growing for years, and from which Kelly Winterton has bred his new varieties. To buy, contact me here.
Seed saver’s exchange: Requires a membership to order starts and seeds from other members. The retail catalog does not have Potato Onions. various varieties are offered by members, though it is hard to say how many are actually different from each other.
Kelly Winterton: Unique new varieties that Kelly has grown from seed. All larger than the standard varieties and seem very promising. I highly recommend trying out the Green Mountain Multiplier. It did very well for me last year. Very limited quantities. Contact Kelly at kellys gar den at gm ail dot com
Fedco/moose tubers carries potato onions. Fedco is my favorite seed company when all things are considered, so check out the seed section as well. http://www.fedcoseeds.com/moose.htm
Maine Potato Lady Sometimes has Potato Onions for sale. https://www.mainepotatolady.com
http://www.Ebay.com There are usually some Potato Onion starts for sale on ebay. I’ve seen some that look like red shallots, so who knows what you’ll get. buyer beware.
Territorial Seed Company: If this link doesn’t work, try googling “territorial seed potato onions” . They are difficult to find on the site because they are listed as a seasonal product and only sold in the fall.