Scallion - Apache (Allium fistulosum) Apache Salad Onions Scallions Vegetable
Height 3 ft
Scallions provide the flavour of onions without having the long growing window in the garden, or peeling when preparing to eat. If you find the terms scallions, green onions, and spring onions to be confusing, as they are often used interchangeably to mean any onion harvested before the bulb fully forms, they are actually distinguished from one another as follows:
- Green onions: regular onions (Allium cepa) harvested when they have very small bulbs. These leaves are good for eating.
- Spring onions: these are Allium cepa onions that are harvested when the bulb is smaller than a quarter. The bulb is edible; the leaves are edible but not good for eating.
- Scallions: these are clump-forming onions with very thin bulbs; the leaves and bulbs are both good for eating, and are often more tender and mild than those of green onions.
Scallions are also perennials that form long, dark green, tubular leaves that change to white bulbs underground, despite being considered "bulbless" onions. The leaves can reach up to 3 feet in height but are typically harvested when they're around a foot tall.
Both the stalk and the bulb are prized for their bright yet mild onion flavor, and they are usually eaten raw.
Scallions have a rapid growth rate and are ready to harvest in 60 to 80 days after sowing. They are typically planted in the spring.
If you have pets, it's important to note that scallions can be toxic to them.
This variety produces bright purple ends early in the season , and if left to mature, become a bright pink colour that adds great addition to salads and cold dishes as it has a mild flavour. And winner of the RHS Award of Garden of Merit
- Full sun
- Scallions are best sown in the spring for a summer harvest.
- Scallions can be direct sown every 3 weeks from 2 weeks after the last frost.
- OR start seeds indoors in late winter and early spring, and transplant 2-4 weeks after the last frost date. Seeds will germinate in 6-12 typically
- plant seeds about 1/4 in deep; transplant seedlings and plant these at the same depth they were growing in their container. Space plants roughly 2 to 3 ft apart in rows that are 1 to 2 feet apart.
- Overwintering onions need to be started in early summer, and transplanted by the middle of August. Matures in 65-70 days typically
- In climates where scallions grow well as perennials, they can be harvested from March to the end of July for a continuous harvest.
- Seed Count: 1 gr