Seed Tape Spring Onion 'White Lisbon'
 
 

Seed Tape Spring Onion 'White Lisbon' - Seed

Allium cepa  

Quickly grow your own spring onions

These spring onions (Allium cepa) grow quickly and have a pungent flavour. Harvesting is very easy. Just pull from the ground, chop finely and they are ready to use. Length of the seed tape 7.5 m. Easy to cut to the desired length.
 

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Spring onion seed tape needs no prior treatment - the seed tape is ready to use.

Sowing

Sowing in the garden, preferably choose a sunny spot, March through to August. It's a good idea to sow (half) a row every couple of weeks to give you a harvest almost throughout the year. Loosen the soil with a fork to at least 30 cm deep. Prepare a groove 1 cm deep and label the row. Lay the seed tape in the groove and cut off at the correct length. Cover with 0.5 cm soil, press carefully down and sprinkle with water. Extra rows, 20 cm apart. The seeds will germinate in 6-14 days.

Onions have been grown for 3,000 years! They spread from Iran and Afghanistan to China and around 2,000 years ago conquered Egypt, Greece and Italy coming from India! They are nowadays used worldwide as flavouring in all sorts of dishes.

Spring onion is a refined version of the 'normal' onion producing a bulb that is only slightly thicker than the main stem. Spring onions are fast growers and can be picked throughout the season.

Use

Both bulb and leaves of the (raw) spring onion work great in salads and salsas. Spring onions do not keep well but they can be harvested most of the year. They can be fried or cooked like normal onions too. All onions give that extra bit of flavour to all sorts of recipes, especially Mediterranean dishes. (Spring) onions are very healthy and contain lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Giving extra fertiliser will improve the quality of your spring onions. Water extra in periods of drought and keep the bed free of weeds. This will promote good healthy growth.

Harvesting

Spring onions can be harvested from... spring! Pull up carefully and individually just prior to use, or use a small trowel to loosen the soil around it. A cloche over your spring onions will extend the harvesting period somewhat - or you could keep the last of them in a cold frame.