Bunching Onion- White Lisbon

Allium cepa Packet

Standard seed packet, 75 seeds

$1.25
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  • Vegetable
  • Mild sweet flavour
  • Forms small bulbs when mature

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Description

'Bunching Onion- White Lisbon' seeds

Allium cepa

  • Vegetable
  • Mild sweet flavour
  • Forms small bulbs when mature

This variety is best suited to growing as a Bunching Onion. It produces green tops with long white shanks and small bulbs. Mild and sweet flavour.

Seeds per gram: 260
Product code: E1-04

Best Months to Sow
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Cool
Temperate
Sub-Tropical
Tropical
Arid
Quick Sowing Guide
Method Sow direct or raise seedlings
Sowing Depth 5mm
Season Autumn and winter
Germination 7-10 days @ 20-25°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Hardy Biennial (usually grown as an annual)
Row Spacing 40cm
Plant Spacing 3cm
Position Full sun, well drained soil
Days Until Maturity 60-110 days

How To Grow

How to Grow Bunching Onions from Seed

Family: Amaryllidaceae
Binomial name: Allium fistulosum
Life Cycle: perennial (usually grown as an annual)

When to Sow Bunching Onion Seeds

Bunching Onions can be grown year-round in most climates. Avoid planting in extremely hot or cold weather which can affect germination and growth. Use the table below to identify the best time of year to sow bunching onions in your climate.

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Cool
Temperate
Sub-Tropical
Tropical
Arid

Preparation

Bunching Onion plants are best grown in full sun. Choose a location that will receive at least 6 hours of full sun each day.

Bunching Onion plants need a well drained soil enriched with plenty of organic matter. Prepare soil by weeding it thoroughly, digging it over to loosen it and adding aged animal manure or compost. Keep the area free of weeds until planting.

Bunching Onion plants can be grown in containers. If possible choose a variety that’s recommended for container growing. Use a good quality potting mix and make sure your container is large enough for mature plants; a minimum of 20 litres is recommended for bunching onions. During the growing season, keep in mind that container grown plants may need additional fertiliser to encourage healthy growth.

How to Sow Bunching Onion Seeds

Bunching Onion seeds do not require any treatment (eg soaking, stratification) before sowing.

Bunching Onion seeds can be sown directly into the garden OR seedlings can be raised in trays or other containers and transplanted to the garden once established.

Sow Direct

  1. Sow seeds directly in the garden 5mm deep and 3cm apart, with rows 40cm apart.
  2. Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.
  3. Seeds should germinate in around 7-10 days at a soil temperature of 20-25°C.
  4. Young seedlings will need protection from pests, pets and weather until they are established.

Raise Seedlings

  1. Fill trays, punnets or jiffy pots with a good quality seed-raising mix, or use soil starter pellets.
  2. Sow seeds 5mm deep.
  3. Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.
  4. Seeds should germinate in around 7-10 days at a soil temperature of 20-25°C.
  5. Transplant seedlings to the garden once they have their first true leaves and are large enough to handle (usually 5-10cm tall).
  6. Plant out, spacing plants 3cm apart, with rows 40cm apart.

Bunching Onion is a cool season crop that will bolt in very hot weather. Do not transplant seedlings or sow seeds outside in very warm temperatures.

Tip: Bunching Onion seeds can also be sown in the less formal ‘scatter seed’ method. Simply roughen the soil, scatter seeds evenly over the surface, then smooth the soil over lightly to cover the seeds.

Tip: Bunching Onion seeds are quite small. Handle them carefully to avoid them blowing away or being washed away. Mix seeds with sand or fine potting mix prior to sowing or use a seed dispenser, damp toothpick or tweezers to help space them evenly. Press lightly into the surface after sowing so that the seeds make good contact with the soil. Take extra care to make sure seeds and seedlings don’t dry out. Read more about sowing small seeds here.

How to Grow Bunching Onion

Bunching Onion plants may need watering during the growing season. Water when the soil is dry about 5cm below the surface (test this by scratching away a little soil with your finger). Water deeply in the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid watering the leaves of plants to avoid fungal diseases. Learn more about watering here.

If soil was well prepared no extra fertiliser should be necessary. In poor soil or to give your plants an extra boost, application of a high-nitrogen fertiliser or one formulated for leafy greens or herbs can be beneficial:

  • Apply slow release fertiliser at the recommended rate when transplanting or when seedlings are 5-10cm tall.
  • Apply liquid fertiliser at the recommended rate and frequency during the growing season.

Optional: To give plants room to grow, thin seedlings when they are large enough to handle. Pull out any weak or small seedlings so plants are spaced about 3cm apart.

How to Harvest Bunching Onions

Bunching Onions should be ready to harvest in approximately 60-110 days.

To harvest, pull individual plants from the ground and shake off any excess soil. To treat plants as a 'cut and come again' crop, cut leaves at ground level so new leaves can grow from the base. For short term storage, harvested leaves or plants can be stored in the fridge.

Common Problems when Growing Bunching Onions

Like all plants, bunching onion is susceptible to some pests, diseases and other problems. Below is a list of the most common problems gardeners encounter when growing bunching onion plants:

  • Aphids
    Aphids are small (2-4mm long) sap-sucking insects that congregate on the new shoots or the undersides of leaves. They can cause leaves to wilt or become discoloured, and also excrete honeydew which can attract ants and other insect pests. To manage aphids, remove them by spraying with a garden hose, apply a soap or alcohol spray, or encourage predatory insects to your garden. Read more about aphids here.
  • Bolting is when a plant prematurely flowers and goes to seed. Bolting can be caused by a period of extreme weather. Avoid sowing seed until after the danger of frosts has passed or in very hot weather. Water plants regularly and deeply in hot weather to prevent them suffering heat stress.
  • Rust fungus
    Rust (Puccinia sp.) is a fungal disease that causes brown to orange raised spots or patches to appear on foliage. Fungal spores are spread by wind or water to neighbouring plants, especially in temperatures of 10-20C and when humidity is high. To manage rust, space plants to avoid overcrowding, grow them in the recommended amount of light (eg full sun), do not over fertilise crops, remove dead plants and practice crop rotation. Read more about rust fungus here.
  • Leaves of an onion plant
    Onion thrips (Thrips tabaci) are flying insects less than 1.5mm long with slender pale yellow to light brown bodies. They suck sap from plants, leaving silver patches on the leaves and reducing the productivity and yield of plants. Thrips can live in the inner leaves and leaf folds of alliums, and may also infest bulbs. Wash thrips from affected plants using a garden hose, spread an organic mulch around plants, and encourage predatory mites and lacewings with companion planting.

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