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Onion 'Australian Brown'

Allium cepa 'Australian Brown'

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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.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Seed
​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.

Special features

Crop rotation
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

Geography

Origin
Australia Dates from 1894
Natural climate
Cool to temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
The bulb is edible, either cooked or raw in salads.
Notes
Culinary, medicinal, cosmetic

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Strong

Problems

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.

Companion plants

Carrots, strawberries, lettuce, beetroot, cabbage, sweet peppers, spinach, tomatoes

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