Spring onion 'Red Ninja' – Seed tape

Allium fistulosum ‘Red Ninja’

Spring onion 'Red Ninja' – Seed tape

Allium fistulosum ‘Red Ninja’
Easy to grow!
A deliciously soft flavoured, oniony chive - very noticeable for the red base of the leaves. All parts of this plant are edible. Harvest the leaves year round until you dig up the actual root to eat. Delicious in soups and salads. Wok recipes only gain from the addition of this onion flavoured herb. Allium fistulosum 'Red Ninja' is really just red chives. Easily grown, especially when you use these seed tapes. This one is ideal in your kitchen garden but can easily be grown in pots on the patio or decking too.
Seed tape, 7.5 M (approx. 1,000 seeds).

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Spring onion 'Red Ninja' – Seed tape
Spring onion 'Red Ninja' – Seed tape
Specifications+
Edible: Yes
Cutting flowers: No
Grafted: No
Green stayer: No
Guarantee: 1 year growth and flowering guarantee
Hardy plants: No
Harvesting: May - November
Latin name: Allium fistulosum ‘Red Ninja’
Leafs all year: No
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Self polinating: No
Planting+

These chive seeds require no previous treatment, the seed tape is ready to use.

How to Sow

Sowing in the garden for autumn harvest: March-April. For winter harvest: August to mid-October
Sowing under glass for summer harvest: February to March
Chives will grow anywhere but do add some chalk to acidic soil. This is how to sow:
If planting in the garden, preferably choose a nice sunny spot, March or April OR August to mid-October, weather permitting. Loosen the soil with a fork to at least 30 cm deep. Draw a straight furrow 1 cm deep and label your row. Lay the seed tape along the furrow, cut to length. Cover with 0.5 cm soil, press gently in and sprinkle with water. Extra rows should be 25 cm apart. The seed will germinate in approx. 3-4 weeks. You won't need to thin the seedlings out.

Care+

Water extra in dry periods and keep the bed free from weeds to encourage your bunching onion to grow well.

Harvesting

Early: May-August
Mid-season: July-November.
Late: August-December.

This crop is ready to harvest when the outer leaves turn yellow or already dried up, around September-October. Harvest them with a rake - run the rake along the row and flip your bunching onions up. Shake of any excess soil from the onion stems let them dry on top of the soil (as long as it is not wet). Otherwise stack them in trays in a shed so that they can dry.

Extra+

The bunching onion is milder flavoured than the common onion - something between leek and onion actually. It is a member of the onion family (Alliaceae).

If you do not harvest your bunching onions, they will shoot up the following spring again. You can harvest them as long as new leaves are growing but if you wait too long it will flower with a rather lovely globe flowers in white.

Bunching onions are reasonably hardy and if you plant them from August through October you can harvest them in early spring. Do give them some protection from severe frost. A cold-frame is ideal.

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