Australian Brown onions are recommended for winter rainfall areas and have a good shelf life. This variety is an intermediate day onion, meaning it needs 12 to 14 hours of sun a day. They are a very reliable variety and are slow to bolt.
Pull up the onion plants once the leaves begin to wilt and dry about 120-180 days after sowing. Tie the onions up in bundles and store in a cool dry place. This variety tends to by ready for harvesting in late autumn.
Direct sow or sow indoors and plant out seedlings when they are 5-7 cm tall. Space seeds 10-15 cm apart and sow 9-12 mm deep. Sow in Autumn/Winter. Germination takes 10-14 days.
Onions are light feeders and can be succeeded by legumes
Repels harmful insects
Will deter harmful insects and can be paired with the Brassica family (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale etc.) to deter more pests
Dates from 1894
Cool to temperate
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
The bulb is edible, either cooked or raw in salads.
Culinary, medicinal, cosmetic
Downy mildew occurs in damp conditions and can be controlled with a copper based spray. White rot can be controlled by using fungicides at sowing time. Crop rotation will help manage problems with disease in your crops. Onion thrip is also a threat.