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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.

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