Onion (Brown)

VarietyDescriptionStorageDay-Length
Shinto Outstanding extra early maturing hybrid brown onion from Terranova seeds. Shinto has become well recognised in the Franklin area for its high yield potential. Shinto's bulbs are typically globe shaped with very good quality and uniformity compared to other early onions. With its good plant vigour being a feature, Shinto seems well suited to a range of soil types. Short Short Day
Lucinda Lucinda produces very firm uniform shaped bulbs with good skins for an onion in this early time frame. Lucinda has vigorous growth and as shown good disease tolerance in sowings to date. Follows closely behind Shinto in maturity with improved bulb quality. Short-Medium Short Day
Ayoba Ayoba provides a good option for a machine harvestable early onion and has some good mid-term storage potential. Ayoba features include very good plant vigour and excellent uniformity in both size and shape with very firm bulbs. Medium Short Day
Kiwigold Early Longkeeper Type with slightly earlier maturity and excellent firmness. Long storage onion with excellent shipping potential. Uniform globe shape with very good skin quality. Kiwigold has been a very reliable performer over many years Medium Intermediate Day
Seminis May and Ryan Early Longkeeper The market standard for early to mid-season export onion production. Brown skinned, globe shaped onion with excellent bolting tolerance. Excellent shipper with 8 months storage potential. Long Intermediate Day
Applause Applause offers good yield and quality bulbs and has been a reliable performer for a number of seasons under a range of conditions. Very useful variety to seed in the crossover period time between ELK and PLK maturity varieties. Medium-Long Intermediate Day
Goblin Goblin has very good vigour suiting areas with harsh winter conditions to grow though. Bulbs are well globed and have small necks and a good number of skins for storage and export options. Skins are generally creamy brown in colour. Medium-Long Intermediate Day
Rimu Excellent hybrid onion producing uniform globe shaped bulbs with an attractive copper-brown skin. Tight necks, strong root system and small basal plate allow for excellent skin retention during storage. Size range is typically medium and is well suited to many export market destinations. Medium-Long Intermediate Day
Seminis May and Ryan Regular Longkeeper Bred in from the original Turbot Pukekohe strain from 1953. Industry standard, suits mid to late season export storage production with 8-9 months storage potential. The original Longkeeper onion. Very Long Intermediate Day
Plutonus Plutonus has been grown successfully for a number of seasons with its outstanding feature being its long storage potential and wide seeding window. Bulbs are typically a slightly flattened globe with dark skins and excellent uniformity. Very little bolting issues noted in Franklin district.
Growers can consider Plutonus to be a safe option for their late harvest onions.
Very Long Intermediate Day
Frontier (T400) Frontier is high yielding onion producing bulbs globed in shape with a flat-shoulder. Thin necked and a high percentage of jumbos with strong pungency for good storage potential. Well suited for export and process production. Medium-Long Long Day