Ailsa Craig Onion is a popular onion variety and produces large globe shaped bulbs with a mild flavour and with a gold coloured skin.
This variety is popular grown from seed rather than sets and often used for exhibition onions. These onions do not store well for long periods, so are best used in early winter after harvesting.
|When to Sow||December to April
|Where to Sow||Sow under glass in pots or seed trays from December. Sow onto the surface of moist seed sowing compost and lightly cover with a sprinkling or vermiculite or compost , and place at a temperature of 14°C.|
|For smaller onions outdoor sowings can be made in April, sow seed thinly in shallow drills 1.5cm (1/2in) deep, with rows spaced 30cm (12in) apart.|
|What to do Next||Seedlings can be pricked out into individual pots or modular trays. Move plants to a cold frame in April to gradually harden off before planting outside 30-45cm (12-18in) apart between the plants and 45cm(18in) between the rows. Thin outdoor sowings to 15-30cm (6-12in) apart.|
|Water well, especially during periods of dry weather, and keep weed free.|
|Harvest||August / September and use by early winter|
|Handy Tips||Onions require a very fertile soil. Dig the Onion bed in the Autumn incorporating manure or compost.|
|Companion Planting||Good companions: Brassicas, beetroots, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuces.|
|Bad companions: Peas and Beans.|
|Nutritional Information||A good source of antioxidants. Also high in Vitamin C, calcium and iron.|
|Serving Suggestion||The base of any good soup or stew needs onions! Or use these lovely onions to make a French Onion soup.
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