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PlantFiles: Garden Onion, Edible Onion
Allium cepa 'Yellow Ebenezer'

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: cepa (KEP-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Yellow Ebenezer

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LarryR On Aug 27, 2009, LarryR from South Amana, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This onion is an excellent winter keeper. It was brought from Germany to the Ebenezer Commune near Buffalo, NY, during the 1840s by my ancestors. It came to be called "Ebenezer" (after the name of the commune) by the residents of the Buffalo area after the commune offered it for sale one year when it had a surplus of onions.

In the 1860s the commune's residents left New York and resettled in the Iowa River Valley in eastern Iowa. My parents grew up here under the communal system, which lasted until 1932. I was born in 1941, after the commune did an about face and embraced capitalism, incorporating its various craft shops, farms, and factories into a new company called the Amana Society, Inc. Shares of stock were issued to former communalists according to the number of years of service they had given to the commune.

Positive Farmerdill On Apr 7, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A medium size, medium early dark yellow long day storage onion. It is often used for "sets" . It is a quite good spring onion when grown from sets.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

South Amana, Iowa
Troy, Virginia

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