Onion and Shallot Sets
- Variety Descriptions
- Planting and Harvesting Onions and Shallots:
- Delivery Details
OnBe prepared for spring 2024 and order your onion sets and shallots now, and have them delivered from February 2024 just in time for planting
Onions are supplied in bags of 50 (circa)
and Shallots are supplied in packets of 10
Stocks are very limited this year so do order early
Onion Red Baron: Superb results are guaranteed from growing this mid to late season variety that has good storage potential. Numerous thin necked, deep dark red skinned, flat round onions which have a firm, red-rimmed crisp flesh giving a strong flavour. Perfect for salad use.
Onion Sturon: A well known, traditional variety that has become a firm favourite due to its reliability. Produces good yields of medium sized, thin necked, round golden skinned onions that have a juicy flesh full of flavour.
Onion Stuttgarter Giant: A high yielding old favourite variety that produces firm, yellow flat type onions that have an excellent flavour of sweet, mild flesh. Extremely versatile in the kitchen with great storage potential.
Shallot Golden Gourmet: A much-loved garden variety that produces high yields of large, fleshy round, golden-brown skinned shallots with a mild flavoured flesh. They are great for beginners to grow as they are very early harvesting, have a better resistance to bolting than many other varieties of shallots and store well. Excellent for salad use or pickling.
Shallot Red Sun: Produces abundant crops of large round, red skinned shallots that have a firm skin and solid bulbs. Crisp, white flesh with a distinctive spicy flavour make these shallots ideal for eating raw in salads, pickling and cooking. Often considered as the best red skinned variety with long storage potential.
Plant from early March to mid-April.
Onion sets will benefit from a good soil improved with a lot of organic matter such as farm yard manure, home made compost or ang nutrient-rich organic matter.
This will improve the nutrient value of the soil along with improving soil texture which is important to help root development of onions and also in retaining moisture. If onions sets dry out whilst growing then they will bolt early (produce flowers and go to seed)
Feed with a good quality organic, high Potassium feed during the growing season
Plant the onion sets about 10-15cm apart and about 2-3cm deep
Birds can be a problem immediately after planting so you can try covering the newly planted sets with horticultural fleece until they have rooted in.
Onions do not like competition from weeds so keep the rows weed-free by using a mulch or regular hoeing
Onions can be harvested when they’re big enough to eat or the foliage has turned brown and started to wither.
Let them dry out before storing them in a cool dry shed. They will store best if left untrimmed and uncleaned
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