Deciduous – Sheds Its Leaves Annually
Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Semi Frost Hardy
Semi Frost Hardy – Is Able to Survive Moderately Low Temperatures.
Moderate Watering – Requires Regular Watering.
Non Indigenous – Exotic to South Africa.
Sow seeds for bulb onions in trays, a seedbed or in the open. Cover with 60mm of fine soil after sowing.Seedlings emerge within 10 to14 days.Do not plant seedlings too deep.Space bulb onions 70mm apart in rows.
It thrives in sandy loam soil, well dressed with compost and manure.
Onions are used, raw or cooked, in soups, stews, meat, poultry dishes, and in salads.
|Interesting planting ideas|
Plant onions under apple trees, it will keep apple scab away.
Bulb onions are a winter crop.
Propagate by seed, sow seed in trays and transplant 70 mm apart when seedlings are about 60 mm high.
|Common pests and diseases|
Pests: Thrips.Diseases include mildew (during wet weather), pink rot, storage rot.
Bulb onions take six to eight months to mature. The bulbs are ready to pull when the leaf tops dry out and fall over. Store harvested bulbs in a well-ventilated, dry place. One 5m-row of bulb onions should yield enough for a family of four. Sow every four weeks in season.
There are two types of onions: bulb onions, which come in various shapes, sizes and colours, and are used, raw or cooked, in dishes and salads; and spring onions (also called green onions or scallions), which are grown for their leaves and white stems and used mainly in salads and in Oriental cuisine.
Synonym: Allium ascalonicum
Botanical Pronunciation: AL-ee-um KEP-uh
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Requires moderate maintenance.