Avg seeds/pkt 110
Heshiko bunching onions make it easy to have the mild-but-pungent flavor of onions throughout the growing season. Although considered perennials–they wont form a bulb–they act more like annuals which may occasionally overwinter and self-sow.
Four weeks before your average last frost date, choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil and add screened compost if it’s low in organic matter. Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep and 1/2 inch apart in beds, or in rows spaced 12 inches apart. Water gently to keep soil moist until seeds germinate, usually within 10 days.
When the slender leaves are 6 inches high, thin to 3 or 4 inches apart by snipping them off the at the base so as not to disturb the roots of the remaining plants. At this point a light layer of clean, chopped straw, or dry grass clippings, or even dry pine needles may be just the thing to keep the soil cool and onion’s shallow roots moist.
Heshiko bunching onions can be harvested almost any time, but plants typically mature in 60 to 100 days, when they will be 10-18 inches tall. Gently dig them with a trowel to avoid disturbing the roots of the remaining plants. A vigorous rinse is needed to dislodge pebbles and dirt from the roots.
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