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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Lower Garden
  • Pioneer Farm
  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    Onions are commonly planted in the fall for a spring harvest. Red and yellow types are available to grow.

    Latin Name

    Allium cepa


    Family

    Amaryllidaceae


    Type of Plant

    Bulbs
    Vegetables

    Bloom Season

    May - June


    Seasons

    Winter
    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 1.5'
    Max Spread: 1'

    Uses

  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tolerances

  • Deer
  • Black Walnut
  • Rabbit

  • Colors


    History

    Washington's gardener records planting, weeding, and harvesting onions in his garden report in the summer of 1798.


    Other Details

    Pollinator
    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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