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Patterson Onion Plants

(37 customer reviews)


  • A minimum of four dozen Patterson onion plants per bunch
  • Yellow, globe shaped, slightly pungent, hybrid
  • Size Potential: 3-4″
  • Storage Potential: 8-10 months
  • Days to Harvest: 110
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This is our second season with Patterson, proving to be a successful variety. Patterson continues to provide the longest storage potential our varieties offer. This variety provides great storage potential, firmness, large size potential, great uniformity, and high yield.

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PRICING EXAMPLE: 1 bunch Patterson + 1 bunch Sterling = 2 bunches for a total of $24.90. After 30 bunches, the pricing starts over. A 45 bunch order will be priced as a 30 bunch order plus a 15 bunch order ($118.50 + $83.25 = $201.75). *Alaska and Hawaii orders over 10 bunches, add $2.00 per bunch for shipping/handling.

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37 reviews for Patterson Onion Plants

  1. mmfarms (verified owner)

    Ordered Patterson variety of onions for spring 2022 planting for the first time. They arrived in a timely fashion. Planted them per Dixondale Farms instructions and, this late summer, I harvested the BEST crop of onions ever!!! Great variety! All plants developed strong, LARGE bulbs and the flavor is great. Hoping they store as well as Copra, which is what I have grown in the past. Based on growth and size, Patterson is far superior to Copra in my book providing they store as well. I will order them again for 2023. Highly recommend them. I live in Northern Idaho and they performed wonderfully. Happy customer.

  2. Sara Caldwell (verified owner)

    Just harvested first planting (zone 6a). I would estimate that 90% reached full maturity size and the few that didn’t were more due to negligence on my end. My diligence in fertilizing and watering was sporadic. I’m pleasantly surprised at how well they tolerated my neglect. The bulbs are medium size and solid, giving me hope that they will store quite well. In the past, I have grown Copra’s and since that is no longer an option, these seem to be an equivalent substitute. The flavor seems to be a solid pungent onion flavor. For a winter storage variety, I am overall pleased at this point. I see no reason for these not to store well into winter.

  3. Bill (verified owner)

    These onions did very well and had extremely large tops. They matured later than my others but turned out beautifully. Very pleased! Very solid and flavorable onion.
    Will give a little more growing space this year. Thanks Dixondale!

  4. Ken Mead

    I’m very pleased with these onions. They were slow to mature but came in beautifully. They actually seemed to come in much better for me here in NE Pennsylvania than Copras have. Most were medium to medium large and we’ve enjoyed them cooked and raw. I’ll be very very pleased if they store as well as I think they will. I will order again this year.

  5. jrbear1776 (verified owner)

    I’ve been growing onions for quite a few years now starting with the Big Daddy which I loved. Then had to go to the Copra which were good. But the Patterson were a disappointment. Only about 50% got to a decent size. I’ll try them again next year with the hope that it was a fluke. But for now, I cannot recommend them.

  6. David

    Grew well and produced good sized bulbs, but did not store well. Most of them were unusable after a few weeks. Copra stored for 6 months for me so unfortunately I won’t be growing Patterson again and I can’t recommend them to others.

  7. Revenda Bierley (verified owner)

    Planted the Patterson variety in spring 2022 in zone 6b central Pa. I followed the recommended planting, fertilizing and harvesting instructions with amazing results. I will be ordering these again for 2023

  8. Rick Gerber (verified owner)

    I grew the Pattersons here in Northern Michigan and was pleasantly surprised. I was used to growing Copra and did the switch over. I now have over 150 med to large onions. The taste is well suited to me, especially with my morning breakfast of potatoes and onions. Will be growing them next year for sure

  9. sally.young59324 (verified owner)

    Ive been purchasing from Dixondale Farms for approximately 10 years and have been very happy with their products. There has been only one year that the plants didn’t perform as I expected, but we were in an extreme drought and I could not keep the plants watered well enough. I started with the long day sampler but have been using only Patterson for the past couple years. The average size of these onions is larger than a softball and they store wonderfully! In fact, I have been able to keep the onions until next year’s onions are ready to use (although not fully grown). I highly recommend!! I wish I could submit a photo of this year’s crop!!

  10. abhound1 (verified owner)

    I’ve been growing dixondale onions here in northern CA for years now with great success. I’ve been looking for a good long keeper and so far these have been great. I harvested nice 4″-5″ bulbs 7-16-22 and they are still holding up great at 12-3-22. I’m sure they’ll last through February or March. Will definitely grow next year.

  11. Brenda

    Nice tasting onion. Grew to a good size. Only problem is the storage. Mine are sprouting after 2 months in storage. Only half of the onion is usable. Miss the copra as they held up nicely. Will try these again hoping for a better turn out.
    Have used Dixondale Farms for my onions for 10+ years. This is the first time I have been slightly disappointed. I recommend them to all my garden friends.

  12. cicarell.sally (verified owner)

    So dissatisfied with these onions. It is mid December and I just had to throw out half of my onions that are rotten. I’ve grown your Copra onions for years and always was amazed that they lasted all the way to April. I did have a good crop of the Patterson onions but they certainly haven’t stored well at all…very disappointing after all the work put into the garden. I definitely will not buy them again.

  13. mplonke (verified owner)

    I am gardening in zone 4 in Michigan’s upper peninsula. I have been planting Copra for years but had to get these as Copra is no longer available. The crop did very well and I would say the size was a bit larger than Copra. I am wondering how long they will store. My Copra were very long storing but I think the Patterson might not store as long but we will see. I will be planing the Patterson again in 2023.

  14. Sue (verified owner)

    I”ve grown Copra onions for as long as I can remember. I was disappointeed to see they were being “retired”……I mean WHY??? They were the perfect onion. Well, I got the Pattersons as a replacement and gave them a try. It was the only year I have ever been disappointed in a harvest. They were small, despite being grown the way I always grow onions. Several have begun sprouting in storage –and it’s not even January as I write this. I have searched and searched for Copra seeds to maybe grow my own, but they are nowhere to be found. Patterson is NOT a good replacement at all…………….

  15. Ron (verified owner)

    This is a very quality variety. Harvested over 150 onions in July, let the dry inside a barn in for 8 weeks or so until the tops were completely shrived and dried up. Then stored them in container in a cool dark place as of Christmas day the onions are rock hard and not a single one has began to soften. Great onion would highly recommend. I garden in zone 5 in western Ohio. Dixondale plants I have used for many years and they never disappoint. Patterson again in 2023

  16. 1hugaholic (verified owner)

    These onions are absolutely beautiful. I’m on a really small scale backyard garden set and these were easy to grow and they’re storing well. It’s a great variety for a beginner and one who needs long term storage onions. I’ll be ordering them again for the next year.

  17. Lisa (verified owner)

    The Patterson onion grew well. Had nice onions but they do not store well. The Chopra stored well into April and May for me but these are already sprouting. My white onions haven’t even sprouted yet and they are supposed to have a shorter storage time. Very disappointed.

  18. wintertimothy (verified owner)

    The reviews on Patterson are what I have experienced. They grow well, looked like they cured well and was very happy when I put them into my cool, dark storage space. I noticed fairly quickly they were not storing well, and over the holidays threw over half of them into compost since they were sprouting badly. Even the onions I kept are beginning to sprout. I am very disappointed in their storage capacity. Now what to get since I can’t get Copras?

  19. NicoleAllen (verified owner)

    I have grown Copra’s for years and loved them. I tried this last year and loved them. They have stored very well and they got nice and big. I have had years that the Copras were small but that was due to my soil needing amending. As long as I put the Dixondale onion mix fertilizer they do great!! I moved to TN and have been storing them here and they are still doing good. I usually harvest in August and they keep till May-June.

  20. yooper07 (verified owner)

    These are the best onions I have ever grown, and I’ve been gardening for almost 30 years. We live in far northern Michigan so our summers are short, so these are the perfect onion for our area. I first tried them last year (2022) and was very happy with them. Their flavor is great, and not as strong as some yellow onions can be. Most of the bulbs got to be over 3″ across. I do till in compost each spring before planting and it has made a huge difference in my entire garden production. It is March 2023 as I write this review, and I have been using these all winter. I stored them in a dark spot in the basement which is cool all year.

  21. R. Hawkins (verified owner)

    Have grown these for a few years, first time trying transplants instead of seeds. Just harvested some of the nicest sized onions, in the past I could still use these until the following May. Trick is to dry them out correctly before storing. Would recommend as a long storage good tasting onion

  22. Nancy (verified owner)

    Last year I grew Patterson’s for the first time and they did pretty well. Not as big as I hoped and had to throw a lot away, but I did grow a lot (300+). Taste is great. I thought I would give it a go this year with a smaller crop and paying more attention to fertilizer, weeding (especially the bermuda grass), but I never got to all that – I just planted and let them go. WOW – it was a bumper crop. They grew HUGE and so far, they are storing very well. I can only think that it was partly weather conditions; I am in 7a, central Virginia. I have a lot of confidence in this variety. Additionally, Dixondale answers all my questions as I’ve only been doing onions for a few years. I am definitely going with these again.

  23. dalerender (verified owner)

    I saw a couple 3 star reviews and was surprised I planted 7 bundles and had well over 95% excellent onions. I do live in a long day zone in Michigan and my chickens provide me with plenty of fertilizer. I planted early they got hit with a couple mild frosts I did put a light cover of straw over them. When they kicked in the tops grew tall thick and green I didn’t measure the bulbs but definitely better than the copra also a good onion. I planted 3 bundles of Peterson in 2021 and the lasted well into the spring with very little loss very good plants.

  24. Greg (verified owner)

    I’ve tried growing onions for years. Planted these Pattersons last spring. These grew better than any other plants than any other onions I’ve tried previously. Nice large onions. I just placed my order for next.

  25. jakiwell10230 (verified owner)

    Zone 5b. First of all this is the 3rd year with Patterson onions. EXCELLENT Company! Year #1 & #2 I grew Yellow Spanish. Excellent huge onions, stored appr 4 months. This year I tried Patterson. A little smaller (normal size) thick papery skins, dried/cured excellent. Taste is wonderful. Ordering Patterson for 2024!

  26. pat.l.james (verified owner)

    I planted these instead of Copra. If Copra were available that’s what I would order, but they are not so I’m happy to have these instead. They did not do as well for me as Copra but they were close.

  27. hightide185 (verified owner)

    I’ve been planting the Patterson now for 2 years running in SW Pa. I’ve had very successful harvests and they store very well. My long day and long storage onion of choice.

  28. Bruce Tammen (verified owner)

    Patterson did very well for me here in Chicago. No bolting, and they so far are storing well. I am happy with them.

  29. Tracey D. (verified owner)

    Dixondale always gets their products out as swiftly as possible and they also take care of you if you have an issue. The customer service representatives are fantastic!
    I am in Eastern Ohio in zone 5 and
    2023 was the first year trying to grow Patterson onions to use for my canning, long storage and drying purposes. These onions are slow growers and somewhat hard to get going, for me it was. I gave my onions a ton of water and fed them regularly. I grew them in a mixed animal manure. These onions were on the small side and they do not store very well. Very disappointed in the storing part and how much time and money I have spent to get large onions. It would have been cheaper to go to the store just to buy the onions.
    I’m only a few months into storing and I have lost half or more of my onion crop. I cured the onions like I was supposed to. Even braided them together and hung them in a cool dark place. I have small portable greenhouses the onions are stored in with lots of air flow and the cover is completely off. We need a decent long storage onion until next season and I don’t know if I want to try these again.

  30. Joe Sloop (verified owner)

    These are fantastic onions. I live approximately 25 miles south of the VA border in NC. Technically this is too far South for the Patterson’s best performance but I had plenty of 5″ and +5″ onions. They were hardy, beautiful onions with a great hamburger-onion taste. Everyone wants to know how I grew the huge onions. It’s mid December now and I have only lost 2 of them (they weren’t completely dry when I pulled them). I am overwhelmed by these onions and will be ordering for next year as soon as I finish writing this. Put me on the roll of the Patterson fan club!!! I sent a photo of my 3 yr old granddaughter with a +5 inch-er but don’t see it anywhere.

  31. Louise

    Patterson onions did not work for us! We live in the Pacific NW, west of the Cascades. Although Copras worked great for us, most of the Pattersons have rotted from the inside out from the 2023 harvest. Apparently, the leaves are larger which makes them more susceptible to fungal spores getting into the onion. Just a heads up.

  32. Mike NW IN. (verified owner)

    Grew great ,dryed & hung in mesh bags in basement to warm & to much light still storing good at 6 months

  33. unaweza (verified owner)

    In the Rocky Mountains here and I love these onions.

    I’ve had a crop of them for two years. They take much longer to mature than what is suggested. I plant them in March and pull them out in early October. The tops get huge and die and fall over. I still leave the bulbs in the ground. Then I dig them up before the first frost.

    They have lasted me til March with firm and not soggy flesh–and maybe would’ve last longer but who knows as we ate them all. Stored in a bushel basket inside in 60s temperature.

    If they get enough water they get huge. Very happy with them.

  34. vlswens (verified owner)

    Disappointed. Not nearly as big or long-storing as Copra which for some reason they discontinued. ?? Every year Copra were our most dependable yellow (or white) storage onions. We always had sound onions right into (Catskills) summer. sigh

  35. Tom Annear

    I grew Copras for years with great success and am now a fan of the Patterson. This year’s crop is still solid with no sprouting – keep ’em in the basement in a single layer in cardboard boxes. I typically pull onions in late October and they’ll last til the following August. I’ve found the key to growing big tomatoes here in Wyoming is to dig in turkey droppings at the end of the growing season and then add a little more in the spring and mid-summer – onions are such nitrogen hogs.

  36. h2ofordslim (verified owner)

    Good luck with Patterson. Still firm on 2/24/24. Grown them now for 3 yrs.
    They get better every year. Customer service second to none! Can’t beat the price.

  37. Johnny (verified owner)

    Grew well and have stored well. After 8 months of storage at 68 F, only 3 have sprouted and 2 have rotted…out of about 90 onions. Planted in 2023. Average size onions which is perfect for me. Will plant the same this year.

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