Growing Spring onions, also Scallions, Bunching onions, Welsh onion

Allium fistulosum : Amaryllidaceae / the onion family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
  S                    
      P                

(Best months for growing Spring onions in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • P = Sow seed
  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: Plant close together
  • Harvest in 8-12 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Lemon Balm, Borage, Carrots, Beets, Silverbeet, Lettuce, Amaranth
  • Avoid growing close to: Peas, Beans

Your comments and tips

07 Jul 15, hennie Mulder (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Like all onions they can be grown in warmer areas if you are in a frost free area of course you can plant them in containers for an early start
07 Aug 14, may (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
can u grow the spring onions in a cold frame temp gets up to 10 to 20 when the sun isout
17 Sep 14, abishek (Australia - tropical climate)
yes they can grow in tempreturs from minus 30 to 20 degrees
31 Jul 14, Camila (Australia - temperate climate)
My shallots have a lot black tiny insects on them. They cover almost the whole plant however until where i can see they don't eat it. Now the same are going to my chives. Already tried neem oil but no succeed. what can i do?
07 Nov 13, doug dewar (Australia - arid climate)
i have planted onions and spring onions over the top of pea mulch of which has germinated,i have been pulling out the peas so there is no more,i would like to know if i should use sulphate of potash to balance out the high level of nitrogen in the soil.If you could steer me in the right direction as i really don't want to lose my vegies and still want good growth in them,hoping you can help me.regards doug dewar.
06 Oct 13, Vicky (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Spring onions that I grew from seeds resemble toothpicks for almost 2-3 months through winter. They usually "thicken up" when the weather warms up and I find after I cut the leaves (and use in my cooking), the new leaves get thicker (as thick as the one you buy) and they keep coming back.
18 May 21, Jan (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Good to know! I'm in a cool climate (Victoria) and I've grown some from seed and they also look like spindly toothpicks... Thanks for sharing.
30 Aug 13, Kyria (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted my spring onions (from seed) roughly a month and half ago, they have only grown a tiny bit - they actually resemble toothpicks. What am I doing wrong? I live in Melbourne metro. I have the exact same problem with my leeks
13 Jul 20, Jason (Australia - temperate climate)
This reply is a few years late, but I found it's easier to grow spring onions from healthy, fully-grown ones from a fruit market. Just cut off and keep the bottom 5 to 7cm and replant. They like a fair amount of water but good drainage, so they grow well in containers, in full sun. I tried growing from store-bought seeds and seeds saved from last year, but many didn't germinate, the ones that did took a long time to grow, and the sprouts are so tiny they can get damaged/squashed when watering if you're not really careful.
24 Aug 13, ChrisW (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
My spring onions have got seed pods - is it possible to grow new plants from these? And how should I harvest the seeds? The plants originated from off cuts from bunches I bought in the supermarket.
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Like all onions they can be grown in warmer areas if you are in a frost free area of course you can plant them in containers for an early start

- hennie Mulder

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