December 2017
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Want to know the ideal onion plant size? Read on to learn about plant size and the crucial steps to get your onion plants off to a great start as soon as they arrive at your doorstep!

We would like to wish all of our customers, friends, and family a  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
 
  
Bruce "The Onionman" and Jeanie Frasier
 
Ideal Size of Your Onion Plants
Every season, many customers contact us regarding plant size. Optimal plant size at the time of transplanting is about that of a pencil, ≈1 cm or slightly less than ½ inch in diameter, which usually translates to the plant having 4 leaves. If an onion plant has more than 5 leaves, it's more prone to bolting, or going to seed, than a smaller plant. When we ship onion plants, each plant has a certain amount of carbohydrates stored in the bulb. The larger the bulb on the plant, the more carbohydrates the plant contains. The drier the bulb, the more carbohydrates are stored since this solid fiber has not been diluted by water.

As our loyal customers know, some onion plants in the bunch are smaller than others. Within a given bundle of plants, there may be a range of sizes of plants. Onion seed is planted and generally 85% of the seeds germinate within the first 14 days after planting. That means that some plants right next to each other may be two weeks apart in age and therefore in size. Some growers may wish to take all the smaller plants and plant them in a separate area where they will harvest them as spring green onions.

Your job as an onion grower is to transplant the bulb, help it establish a strong root system, and allow it start generating more carbohydrates before it uses up all it has stored in the bulb; a simple explanation for a critical period in the life of your onion. It takes about two weeks for the onion to fully establish a root system. After that, it should start shooting out new leaves once every two weeks or so. 

The final size of the onion bulb is more effected by nutrition, climate conditions, and the variety planted than with the size of the transplant.  As always, we try to ship you plants that are as close to the optimum size as possible. Our guarantee promises that you receive healthy plants that will transplant successfully! For questions regarding plant size or any other onion plant questions, contact us at 1-830-876-2430 or customerservice@dixondalefarms.com.
From Our Friends
 
Look at those beautiful onions from our friends at Cross Patch Farms in Morrill, Maine! Roxie and Alex Fritz always share their onion success with Dixondale Farms long day onions, and this year is no exception. They grow Walla Walla, Highlander, Red Zeppelin, and Copra onions from Dixondale Farms.  Pictured here is Alex with his goregous crop. Keep up the good work, guys!
Featured Products
Onion Success Kits
We are offering  Onion Growing Success Kits again this season  so you have products ready for each phase of an onion's growing cycle.  Each kit treats approximately 10 bunches and includes step-by-step growing instructions to ensure bumper crops in the onion patch.

We've gathered our products to help make you a successful onion grower!  $60.95;  SAVE 20%

*Start plants out and establish root systems with our exclusive Dixondale Farms Onion Special 10-20-10 fertilizer.
* Perform pre-emergent weed control at planting time with Treflan Herbicide Granules.
* Boost nitrogen levels with Ammonium Sulfate three weeks after planting for more rings and larger bulbs.
*Use Mancozeb Fungicide with Zinc to control moisture-related issues.

Grow a healthy onion crop using all natural products in our All Natural Onion Growing Success Kit!  $63.95;  SAVE 20%

*Our exclusive Dixondale Farms All Natural Weed & Feed 3-5-3 is perfect for pre-emergent prevention of weed germination.
*Applying OmegaGrow Foliar Feed two weeks after planting adds nitrogen to soil for top results.
*Oxidate Organic Fungicide Preventative and Curative addresses moisture-related issues.
*AzaGuard Organic Insecticide controls over 300 species of bad bugs.
Around the Farm

Here are a few pictures from our 2017 Dixondale Farms Christmas Party. Our Christmas party is always a time to reflect on the season and celebrate with our employees. Without our great team, Dixondale Farms would not be able to successfully serve our customers. We wish all of our employees a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 
Top left to right: Customer Service Team, Shipping Team, Jeanie and Bruce Frasier
Bottom left to right: Packingshed Crew and Farm Crew
Cooking with Onions
Caramelized Onion Cornbread Dressing 
Ingredients
  • 2 boxes Jiffy Cornbread Mix (prepared as directed, crumbled)
  • 2 medium chicken pieces (cooked and shredded) or 2 links of Johnsonville mild Italian sausage, plus 1 link of Johnsonville hot Italian sausage (casing removed and cooked)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3-4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 medium onions (diced)
  • 1-2 Tbsp dried sage
Optional:
  • 4-6 Tbsp butter
Directions
Make cornbread according to package directions. Once cornbread is baked, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using butter or EVOO, saute diced onions in medium to large saucepan until dark brown. Pour into greased 9x13 backing dish. Add crumbled cornbread, cooked meat of choice and sage. In medium bowl, whisk together soup and 1 cup chicken broth. Pour over cornbread mixture. Toss until well combined. Pour remaining stock over dressing mixture, stirring until completely moistened. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Optional: Top with 4-6 Tbsp butter during last few minutes of baking.

Recipe from Just A Pinch If you have an onion recipe you'd like us to share, please email it to customerservice@dixondalefarms.com.
All Your Questions Answered
We have answers to your frequently asked questions! Just click the link for information on planting, caring, feeding, harvesting, and storing onions.  

You can also read our electronic Planting Guide or download and print a PDF guide (which includes leeks). 

And be sure to review our short videos on Facebook. Topics range from fertilizing and dealing with cold weather to how onion plants are harvested. You can view these videos even if you don't have a Facebook account.
About Dixondale Farms
As the largest and oldest onion plant farm in the U.S., Dixondale Farms offers a wide selection of top-quality, disease-free, ready-to-plant onion plants. To see our complete product line or get growing tips and cultural information, visit our website .

New customer? View our 2018 catalog or order a 2018 catalog here. We're available from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM CT at 830-876-2430, or e-mail us at customerservice@dixondalefarms.com .

Whether you're planting one bunch or thousands of acres, we're committed to your success.
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Don't forget to subscribe to our  YouTube channel! Our videos will guide you on selecting the right onion variety, applying fertilizer, the best weed control options, and more.   
 
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