Tall, upright, blue-green leaves. Thick, cylindrical, white stems; leaves resist breaking. Increase the blanched white portion by hilling plants with soil or transplanting deeply (see Leeks). Not as winter-hardy as Evergreen. Avg. 206,500 seeds/lb. Packet: 500 seeds.
Latin Name: Allium fistulosum
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Shipping Information & Notes
CULTURE: Seed can be sown in early spring for summer use, and in July or August for fall and spring use. Bunching onions prefer a soil with a pH of 6.2–6.8. Extra-hardy varieties will normally survive the winter if the soil is well drained. DIRECT SEEDING: Sow ¼–½" apart in rows of 2–3" wide bands, ½" deep. Thin to about an inch apart only if large diameter is needed. Keep well cultivated so that plants receive maximum light. TRANSPLANTING: Beginning in late spring, when 8–18" tall and pencil-thick, transplant outdoors 6" apart, rows 24" apart in holes dibbled about 6" deep. Only 1–2" of leaves need extend above the soil surface. Do not firm soil — allow irrigation or rain to fill in the dibble hole. BLANCHING: During the growing period hill the plants with soil 2 or 3 times, higher with each hoeing. This forces the leaves higher up the plant resulting in extra-long blanched stalks and a much greater edible portion. When using the "dibble method", hilling is reduced or eliminated. HARVEST: Loosen with fork or underminer and gather. Wash, hydrocool, and hold at near freezing until shipped or displayed. AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: 1 oz./250', 4 oz./1,000', 1 lb./4,000', 7½ lb./acre at 50 seeds/ft. in 2" wide bands 18" apart. SEED SPECS: SEEDS/LB.: 180,000–215,000 (avg. 200,000). PACKET: 500 seeds, sows 10'.