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The best spring onion you can grow, with rich-crimson outer skins and round, generous bulbs.

Eat them as spring onions or leave them to bulk up to red onion size. An ideal all rounder. I love them raw or griddled. An excellent companion plant for carrots to avert the carrot root fly.

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Genus Allium
Group/Species cepa
Variety North Holland Blood Red
Common Name Spring Onion
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 30cm (12in)
Spacing 15cm (6in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Direct sow April-September in rows 10-15cm apart. Sow every 3 weeks for a steady supply of spring onions. You can speed the germination process up in spring by sowing into a length of guttering under cover and transplanting outside. Spring onions will grow in any good fertile soil provided it’s well drained. Prepare the ground in advance by getting your soil down to a fine tilth and adding a general purpose fertiliser about a week before you expect to plant out. Plant about 15cm (6") apart. Spring onions rot in waterlogged soil, so do plant them in well-drained ground. You can also grow spring onions into containers, just add compost and water sparingly to keep the soil moist and you’ll soon have a tasty crop to enjoy.
Care Tips Be careful not to over-water. It’s also crucial to keep weeds away because like all onions, spring onions hate competition. It’s also advisable to protect the young seedlings from birds, by covering them with horticultural fleece.
Storing Harvest as you need and eat fresh.
Harvesting Harvest May-October, 8 weeks from spring sowing as a spring onion or 12-14 weeks as a fully grown onion. Lift every third onion from the row, leaving the others to grow on. Keep moist and weed-free.
Cooking Notes Delicious and strong flavour, spring onions are delicious chopped raw in all types of savoury salads, or used in stir-fries.
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Spring Onion 'North Holland Blood Red' reviews

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Alison

These grew better outside than in the polytunnel. Very tasty and adds colour to my salads.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Emma

Disappointed that less than half the seeds germinated (a problem with several Sarah Raven seed packs this year) but those that grew were excellent.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by William

Excellent product ,packaging and germination.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Joyce

Third year growing these spring onions, always a success

Reliable red onion

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Reviewed 10th September 2016 by Chris

I have grown these robust red spring onions for two years; they cope with all weathers and reliably produce an excellent crop that will stand until I need them. Recommend.


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Reviewed 27th October 2015 by Joyce Barwise

I chose North Holland Blood Red spring onions because of the vibrant colour and they did not disappoint.
Flavour not too strong and looked great on the salad plate, picked my last six yesterday, late October.

It does exactly what it says on the packet.

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Reviewed 15th July 2014 by James Ingham

It's absolutely true. I planted about 200 seeds in a large pot in May and now in mid July I'm beginning to harvest them as small spring onions and look forward to them fleshing out and becoming larger. Attractive deep red coloured and on the mild side they are ideal for just munching with a pinch of salt or in more formal salads. I won't have to buy any more spring onions this year and look forward to harvesting large culinary onions in due course. Highly recommended.