- Position: full sun
- Soil: any soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Other features: each pack includes growing instructions and recipes
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Onion sets are the easiest way to grow onions in the garden. Planted in March or April, they will mature faster than onions grown from seed. 'Sturon' is a flavourful variety which produces round, straw-coloured onions that mature in August.
- Garden care: Plant onion sets so that the tips are just showing and firm the soil around them from mid-March to mid-April, 15cm (6in) apart in rows 30cm (12in) apart. Lift the onions when they are mature and allow them to dry before using. Store the fully ripened, sound bulbs in nets or trays and you can use them throughout the autumn and winter.
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Hello, I am looking to order some Onion Rossa Savonese seed for some work at the University. I need seed that has not been treated with any fungicide or anything. I was hoping you could tell me whether the seed you supply is treated or untreated? Many thanksAsked on 8/10/2009 by Taylor, Andrew
A:Hello There, The seeds we sell are not organic I'm afraid so it is quite possible they have been treated. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Do Onions need Ash?
Hello, I am preparing a new onion patch for next year, and I am told I need plenty of ash, is this correct and do you stock it? Thank youAsked on 6/9/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello There, I have never heard of using ash, but onions do need a fertile, freely draining, non-acidic soil. Ideally you should dig
the soil over and incorporate lots of composted organic matter a few months before planting. If the soil pH is below 6.5, you should add some
lime. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:When do I plant potatoes and other veg?
When is the best time to plants potatoes? Also can you advise me what veg I could grow now until March with poly tunnels?Asked on 4/10/2006 by Bets Ingram
A:You can start chitting your early and maincrop seed potatoes in February, but the best time to plant is in early to mid spring. As for growing vegetables in your polytunnels, you have lots of options. Spinach, kale, and some varieties of lettuce will live through the winter in a polytunnel. Certain kinds of onion work well from an autumn sowing, and you'll get a much earlier crop than if you'd waited until spring. Other possibilities are cabbage, Pak Choy, Chinese cabbage, and most root crops. Leeks, beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips and radishes, can be sown for winter harvestAnswered on 5/10/2006 by Crocus
Q:Am I too late to grow vegetables?
I'd love to grow my own potatoes, onions and carrots, which I use a lot in the kitchen, but don't know where to start or if I'm too late. Please can you advise me?Asked on 24/1/2006 by Debora Everard
A:Now is the perfect time to start thinking about growing potatoes, as they need to be chitted before planting. Chitting just encourages shoots to grow before you pop them in the soil in early spring. The onion sets can be planted in March or April, while carrot seeds can be sown from late February as long as they are protected.Answered on 25/1/2006 by Crocus
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