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Bunching onion 'He-Shi-Ko'

Allium fistulosum

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'He-Shi-Ko' is a Bunching onion variety in the Allium genus with a scientific name of Allium fistulosum. He-Shi-Ko is a variety of heirloom OP Bunching onion .

Similar to scallions, but has a hot, stronger flavor. Japanese bunching onion that divides at the base. It is used in stir-fry.


This variety is a Vegetable that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. He-Shi-Ko normally grows to a mature height of 60.0 cm (that's 1.95 feet imperial).

Japan is believed to be where He-Shi-Ko originates from.

He-Shi-Ko Bunching onion is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about He-Shi-Ko have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow He-Shi-Ko

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that He-Shi-Ko is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to go dormant over the long winter months. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with He-Shi-Ko are Zone 3 and Zone 10. Ideally plant in loamy and sandy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.0 and 7.0 as He-Shi-Ko likes to be in weakly acidic soil to neutral soil.

Growing He-Shi-Ko from seed

Aim to sow 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 1.95 inches (5.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 13°C / 55°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing He-Shi-Ko about 28 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting He-Shi-Ko

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as He-Shi-Ko is a very hardy plant.

Harvesting He-Shi-Ko

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.