Unusually shaped and very tasty!
An attractive, unusually shaped long red Italian onion from Tuscany. Sweet-fleshed and ideal raw in salads or for use in casseroles etc. Stores well.
Aftercare - Easy:True
Aftercare - Moderate:False
Aftercare - High:False
RHS Award of Garden Merit:True
Vegetables recommended by the NIAB:False
Award Winners in Fleuroselect Trials:False
Likes Acidic Soil:False
Beds & Borders:True
Prefers Full Sun:True
Dig and manure the soil in autumn or early winter. Give the ground a light dressing of lime early in February and a week before sowings. For use from September onwards sow seed March-April in drills 23cm (9") apart. Thin plants out finally to 10-15cm (4-6") apart. For exhibition onions, sow under glass December-January, transplant seedlings into boxes or pots and harden off for planting out in April. Row 6m (20'). 'Triple pack' row 18m (60') except where stated.
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When leaves turn yellow in late summer, partially ease the bulbs out of the soil with a fork - this speeds the ripening process before harvesting later.
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