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Onion Allium cepa

Onions grown at this latitude are sensitive to day length. When sown in spring, they will only grow foliage until the longest day. As the days shorten all effort goes into producing bulbs. To maximise the season, sow seed in modules with protection in late winter and early spring, or directly into the ground in mid-spring at a depth of 1cm in rows 30cm apart. Thin or transplant to a spacing of about 4cm if you want medium-sized bulbs, or 7-10cm for larger onions. Hoe regularly when the plants are young. Watering is necessary only in the driest weather. Do not water once bulbs have formed to ensure good ripening. Bending tops over prematurely damages the bulbs and impairs storage – instead cure the bulbs in the sunshine after lifting to improve storage. All tops and skins should be rustling and dry before placing in net sacks or stringing them into ropes and storing in a dry, frost-free place. Replant some bulbs the next spring if you wish to obtain seed, but only grow one variety into its second year as they cross readily. Grow at least sixteen plants to seed. Onions do not cross with leeks.

Augusta Rijnsburger Selection

Said to be very early, high yielding with good skin quality.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Up to Date

This variety originally came from R Brittan Seeds in Northampton and was introduced in the 19th Century. In 1948, the Ministry of Agriculture announced that it had good white rot resistance (MAFF Bulletin 2, 1948). When the UK joined the Common Market, the Ministry of Agriculture deemed that ‘Up-to-Date’ was the same as ‘Bedfordshire Champion’ (which has little resistance to the disease) and therefore discarded it. Apple-shaped with rather square shoulders and a rounded base. The skin is a deep yellow, the flesh creamy. A good storage onion.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.


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