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Onion 'Red'     

Allium cepa var. cepa

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Red is a popular variety of Onion, which belongs to the Allium genus (Allium cepa var. cepa 'Red'). Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Anti-flash white. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Pansy purple. Leaves appear approximately as a   Lincoln green and   Dark olive green colour.

Onion, Welsh Red Stem is a non-bulbing, leaf onion that produces clumps of tube-like hollow leaves with large creamy white globe shaped flowers in early summer of the second season. It is a very popular cultivated vegetable and an important ingredient in Asian cooking.

In Japan it is used in miso soup and in the takoyaki dumpling dish, among others.
It is a versatile plant, the seeds can be used as sprouts, the leaves snipped for use in salads or the whole plant pulled up. It is often grown in a bunch as an ornamental plant.1

A type of Vegetable, it mainly grows as an Annual/Perennial plant - which means it typically can have a varying lifetime - from 1 year to several. Red is known for growing with a clump-forming habit to a height of approximately 45.0 cm (that's 1.46 feet in imperial).

As Red Onion is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

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

How to grow Red

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Red likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Red is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil is loamy, clay and sandy and has a ph of between 6.0 and 7.0 as Onion is a weakly acidic soil to neutral soil loving plant.

Growing Red from seed

Ensure a distance of 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - look to sow at a depth of approximately 0.98 inches (2.5 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 13°C / 55°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Red about 28 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Red

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

Harvesting Red

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by early autumn.

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