Potato Onion Brown


Family: ALLIACEA (Amaryllidaceae) (Amaryllidaceae)
Genus & Species: Allium cepa

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Heritage Status: New Zealand
Bio-Region of Origin: Northland
Quantity: Approximately 100 grams

Description: These little beauties came from Puss Chadwick of Paparoa (Northland) . Many veges and fruit varieties (including the Pahi apricot) came to us from her garden, which was a very special garden. These onions grow by planting a bulb which multiplies and you will harvest around 10-12 onions for each one planted. They string up well and keep very well. They are sort of potato shaped and about 3cm diameter. Some people use them for pickled onions. They are strong tasting, great whole in casseroles and excellent skewered on barbecues.

Planting Instructions: Onions do best in light soils with good drainage and need a sunny position. Enrich soil with well rotted manure, compost, lime and Nature’s Garden prior to planting. Plant bulbil just below the soil from May to July at 15cm diagonal spacings. They benefit from a weed suppressant mulch.

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