Grow a variety of tasty onions in four different colours! Comprising both mild and strong flavoured types this Onion 'Four Colour Bulb Mix' caters to every taste. Including (in equal quantities) 'Red Tide' F1 - a recently introduced red variety from new breeding, 'Isobel Rose' which is pink to start with and then deepens in colour during storage, 'Hybound' F1 which produces brown-skinned bulbs and 'White Lady' F1 which is a white-skinned onion with a crisp, juicy texture. Versatile and incredibly handy in the kitchen for a multutude of recipes, enjoy them cooked in every day dishes or use fresh to add flavour and bite to salads, sandwiches and side dishes. Chosen for their great flavour and long storage potential, a late-summer harvest of these can last you well into autumn and beyond. Height: 45cm (18”). Spread: 15cm (6”).
Direct sow onions outdoors in spring on any firm, well drained soil in full sun. Sow thinly at a depth of 1cm (1/2”) and a distance of 30cm (12”) between rows. Prepare the planting area several weeks in advance by incorporating some well rotted garden compost to improve drainage and soil fertility. Avoid planting onions on freshly manured soil. On particularly wet ground, try growing onions in raised beds. When large enough to handle, thin onion seedlings to 10cm (4”) apart for medium sized bulbs, or at a slightly wider spacing if larger bulbs are required.
Alternatively sow onion seed indoors in module trays at a depth of 1cm (1/2”), using free-draining, seed sowing compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 10-15C (50-59F) until after germination which usually takes 10-14 days. Once germinated, grow onions on in cool conditions until all risk of frost has passed and they are large enough to plant outdoors at a distance of 10cm (4”) apart. Cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.