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Overwintering ONION SEED
~ SPECIAL OVERWINTERING ONIONS ~





Why not give overwintered onions a go? Not much to lose and you could get a fantastic crop next year!

Some cold-hardy varieties of onion can be sown in late summer to give you an early crop of big onions the following spring.

The critical bit is the timing. You want to end up this autumn with onions that are small enough they won't try to flower, but big enough that they will make it through the winter and get going quickly in the spring.

Whole books have been written about this, but luckily it is really very simple - in the UK you have to sow your seed around August the 18th. Earlier than this and they will flower instead of bulbing, and later than this and they will be too small before winter comes.

It is of course a slight gamble and we'll be honest and say that if the winter turns out to be very severe you could lose your crop. On the other hand, if it works, you can get very large onions that mature earlier than you would expect next year.


Sturon Onion COLD RESISTANT FOR OVERWINTERING
This large onion is moderately cold hardy, and it can do well from a mid August sowing for overwinter growing. This is really worth a try in all but the coldest parts of the country.

It makes large golden-brown bulbs - very much a traditional onion shape and colour - that keep well.

Sowing Overwintering Onions
Sow it around Aug 18th in a closely-spaced row, or in modules. At the start of October they will be a decent size and you just transplant them out to their final position spaced about 15cm apart.

Then they stand through the cold overwinter, and as soon as the weather improves in spring they'll be off and away, giving you earlier / larger onions than you would get otherwise.

Save part of the packet for spring sowing as you can get very good onions (though smaller and later) that way too.

Order OnST 600 seed £1.69



Early Paris White COLD HARDY OVERWINTERING ONION
We've chosen this one as a good variety to try for overwintering, giving you very nice white onions early in the year when they are most appreciated. Not huge, but it is very cold hardy, and quite early.

For full-size onions:
Sow around Aug 18th in a closely-spaced row, or in modules. At the start of October they will be a decent size and you just transplant them out to their final position spaced about 15cm apart.

Then they stand through the cold overwinter, and as soon as the weather improves in spring they'll be off and away, giving you earlier / larger onions than you would get otherwise.

For small baby onions:
S
ow in late spring and about 3 months later you'll get small white bulb onions with a long green top that you can use in salads or cooking.

Not a storage onion, this is one for eating fresh as and when you harvest it.

Order OnPE at least 300 seed £1.59



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Gardeners Should Save their Own Seed:
Because none of these seeds are hybrids,
you can save your own seed for future use: there's no need to buy new each year.

Saving your own is easy. You will get great seed, and great vegetables adapted to your local conditions.
Do have a go - read the seedsaving instructions we provide with every order, and also on this site.

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