Onions : Red Passion F1
The potential yield for Red Passion F1 is about 23,000 kgs ((23 tonnes) per acre with a seed rate of 1.5 kg per acre approximately costing Ksh 19,200. The benefits of Red
Passion F1 are: fast maturityof 120 days, after transplanting; resistance to pink rot diseases and purple blotch tolerance to downey mildew and blights; medium sized bulbs with a very striking red colour and ideal shape; long shelf / storage life of up to 6 months without sprouting, rotting or losing weight ; fitted to wide climatic range from very hot to mildly cool areas (like endarasha in mweiga)
Onion requires being planted in a nursery for about a month and then transplanted at pencil thickness. Depending on weather, onion is mainly grown with rain fed conditions
although one of the best crops for irrigated farming.
Diseases and pests vary with weather although to watch out is the downey mildew and serious pests of thrips.
Onion equires a dry period at harvesting to ensure good curing and reduce rotting.
labour is equal for all onions including the open pollinated varieties.
By James Nderitu, sales officer
Simlaw Seeds Co. Ltd