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Growing Spring onions, also Scallions, Bunching onions

(allium cepa)

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(Best months for planting Spring onions in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

  • Easy to grow.
  • Harvest in 100- 150 days
  • Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed.
  • Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 20°C.
  • Space plants: close together

Can be grown from 'sets' ie seedlings brought on earlier. Spring onions are young onions grown close together and harvested before fully mature.

Do not like to be too dry. Sheltered, sunny spot. If you are growing onions from seed, you can use the 'thinnings' as spring onions

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Spring onions

.Raw in salads.
Chopped and sprinkled on Asian stir-fry.

Your comments and tips

09 Aug 09 (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Once the Spring onion is big enough to harvest, we cut them 1inch fron the ground and get 2 or 3 runs out of them,before they go to seed.
07 Sep 09 Alexa (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I planted some spring onions, broccoli, and carrots in about April this year. I'm in Taupo so it's cold, but according to the packets of the seeds, that was the right time to grow them. Also where I have planted them, is a large wall which blocks a bit of sun out. Only now here in September have my plants started to grow a bit. The broccoli is about 5cm high over 5 months, the spring onions are about 7cm high and the carrots are about 2-5cm high. My point is, should my veggies be like this over five months? If they shouldn't what shall I do? Is it something to do wiht the soil? If so, the soil is moist, I rake it around once every fortnight, (as I forget to) and give it air. I've had previous Flowers in here but not veggies if that helps. I would appreciate someone's help please!
28 Sep 09 Gary (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Alexa, it has been a severe winter so it's not surprising things are slow. But I think you were too early with the spring onions. Did you put compost or blood and bone down before you sowed. My garden (Nelson but still cold) was a converted flower garden and I had to really work in a lot of compost to get the soil fertile again. Mitre 10 Results compost is much better than the likes of W'house stuff too.

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