White Lisbon Hardy - Spring Onion

White Lisbon Hardy - Spring Onion

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Great for spring, summer, and autumn plantings, but best for over-wintering. Tasty, easy to grow and quite reliable.



White Lisbon Hardy Spring Onion Seeds

[60-70 days] Popular for more than 3 centuries (it’s been in circulation since 1787), the winter-hardy White Lisbon will give you spring onions virtually all year long, but is especially bred to withstand cold. It’s incredibly reliable down to -15F and produces beautiful long white stems topped with bright green leaves as early as March. Their compact size makes them perfect for containers or allotments short on space. And if you’re into companion planting, they’re easy to tuck in between other plants.

Flavour-wise the winter-hardy White Lisbon has both a mild onion flavour and the ‘bite’ that onion aficionados know and love. They’re of course, fantastic in salads, but will perform well wherever spring onions are called for. For the mildest flavour, harvest when young—they become more pungent as they develop.

RHS Award of Garden Merit winner.

Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany.

Common Questions

How long does it take White Lisbon Hardy Spring Onions to grow from seed? Spring Onion Seeds take about five months to fully mature, if you are growing onions for the first time it is usually recommended to grow from sets. White Lisbon Hardy Onion sets mature around 2 months and are less likely to catch diseases from your soil and insects.

Can you soak White Lisbon Hardy Onion seeds before planting out in the garden? Many gardeners believe that soaking Spring Onion seeds before planting offers higher germination rates. Depending on the recommendations you can soak your onion seeds from 15 minutes to a few hours. Some keen growers recommend soaking your onion seeds in warm water or compost tea to help speed up germination.

Do White Lisbon Hardy Onions require full sun to grow from seeds? Onions require at least 13 hours of light on daily basis to form a bulb. To ensure you have an Onion Summer harvest you need to plant your Spring Onions out as soon as your soil is movable in the Spring.

White Lisbon Hardy - Spring Onion Details

Germination Time
7 - 10 Days
Sowing Method
Start in Pots / Trays
Days to Maturity
70 Days
Grow in Greenhouse
Optional for Early Crop
Packet Seed Count
Recommended Soil pH
Small Space Growing

Sow and Harvest Times

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