spring onions

help me please ,I have to supply unending spring onions I find them hard to germinate they take ages.at the moment im sowing Lisbon and a red one the name escapes at moment does anyone know of a fast cropper?I sow every 2 weeks to try to keep up with demand but they are so slow don't know what im doing wrong please ,any suggestionsimage


  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,186

    MM........you are not alone............for some reason, I too have had trouble this year with germination of Spring Onions and Leeks too.  I'm lucky if I get 50% germination rate............seeds from 2 different suppliers so ?????image

    Be interested to hear other's comments/advice.

  • Magical MeerkatMagical Meerkat Posts: 241

    I have sown a white and a red spring onion this year and they germinated very well here with two lovely full rows. I don't know whether they are particularly slow or not though, but I am awaiting them in anticipation. My parsnips and peppers however took weeks and weeks, but I left them alone and they've decided to show now. It might just be the hot/cold weather we've had so far this spring.

  • bookmonsterbookmonster Posts: 199

    Where have you sown them? I've germinated white lisbon on a sunny windowsill last year and in a plastic mini greenhouse this year and both times they've come up fairly quickly, though they can take a while to reach edible size.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,729

    I grow spring onions in those 12 compartment trays which bedding plants come in. 1/2 seed tray size. I like to get 4 - 6 seeds in each cell, start them in an unheated tunnel, then plant the ech block later into the garden.

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,186

    Both sown in modules in unheated greenhouse........

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,935

    I've got white lisbon to sow - the packet says they can take 18-24 days to germinate and 12 to 14 weeks to reach picking sizeimage what a long time for such a small veg.   

  • muddy maremuddy mare Posts: 106

    thanks everyone for the feed back will use the module way I have considered it but will definatly give it a go nowimage In the past have always sown straight in the ground.I m keeping them happy with a good supply of various types of radish at the moment!!

  • Loz46Loz46 Posts: 74
    I sowed White Lisbon on 8th May and saw the first shoots coming up around 16th/17th May.

    In a raised bed that's covered with a plastic greenhousey thing, temps been pretty warm since sewing them...
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