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Growing Onion Varieties (continued page 4)

Which Type of Onion To Sow or Grow?
Consult the table below to weigh up the good and bad points of onion varieties from seed and onions from sets.

If you are a beginner, try the heat-treated onion sets first. These are easiest to care for and will give you the best chance of success.



Fewer varieties, and restricted to the major seed merchants. Greater choice of varieties from a large number of suppliers

More expensive Cheaper

More reliable performance all round, less work Less reliable, more chance of failure. Harder work

Can be infected with disease when 
Seeds are disease free.

Recommended Varieties of Onion
The table below gives our recommendations for each of the different types of onions - in the end it comes down to personal preference on taste and appearance, so try a couple of varieties to discover your own favourite.

Type Variety Colour Comments

Maincrop seed Ailsa Craig Gold/straw Good for exhibition, but not particularly easy 

  Rijnsburger Gold/straw Keeps well - good all-rounder

  Kamal Red Great taste and lovely red colour. This now replaces Dobies All Rounder as our favourite onion seed. From Suttons.

  Red Baron Red NIAB approved - keeps well and good colour

Maincrop sets Centurion Gold/straw Reliable in poor weather conditions

  Orion Gold/straw Available as heat treated - good all rounder

Lisbon White Good all-rounder, reliable

Japanese Onion Express Yellow Gold/straw Matures early summer, excellent.




Name: jim@GardenAction
E-mail: Private
Date posted: November 04, 2011 - 03:03 am
Message: Try looking at seed companies online. It's just a matter of completing an order, paying and waiting.

Name: Rama
E-mail: Private
Date posted: November 04, 2011 - 01:54 am
Message: where i will get the seeds of the above varieties to grow.
Plz. suggest how the distributer to contact to get the abvoe seeds.


Name: Chapmac41
Date posted: September 13, 2011 - 08:01 am
Message: Can someone suggest a Small HOT Onion variety suitable for pickling please.
(And possible a supplier)
Cheers Chapmac41

Name: anthony
Date posted: June 12, 2011 - 09:53 pm
Message: i am a beginner and wanted some pictures of what onions look like when they are growing (what the plant looks like for white bulb onions)

Name: Joe
Date posted: June 12, 2011 - 02:07 pm
Message: We have grown onions for several years, and have never had this problem until now. The plants were only a few weeks old, and about 8 inches tall when we went away for a week. When we returned something had removed about 2 to 3 inches off the tips of each plant. What animal would each the onion tops? None of the tops were on the ground.

Name: fantu
Date posted: November 12, 2010 - 02:58 am
Message: i want to grow red croel onion variety so i need information on this variety.

Name: sudesh
Date posted: October 05, 2010 - 02:32 am
Message: I am a beginner I am intrest in cultivating onion seeds, so please sujust me to whom I have to contact for seediling.

Name: David
Date posted: September 24, 2010 - 12:29 pm
Message: Help!! My onions form very nice leaves but the bulbs are small. Have heard that you must push the tops down to get the bulbs to form?
Is this so and if not how do I get the onions to form bulbs