Over-wintered onions

Like many of you, I recently received Territorial Seed’s “Winter” catalog (highly recommended catalog) and I was pleased to see a focus on suggestions for Fall-Winter plantings.  However, the catalog raised as many questions as it answered. One of the suggestions it made was to plant onion seed in the Fall and let it Winter over to get a head start on growth in the following Spring. Great idea and it is what commercial growers of sweet onions do in more temperate climates … like Vadallia Georgia. So, has anyone tried this in less temperate climates?  Where has it been successful and what do you do to improve the chances of the onions wintering over successfully?  What varieties seem to do better in colder climates?  I’ll try it this winter with some Italian red onion seed.

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