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Salad Onion Seeds - Purplette

Botanical - Allium wakegi


Seed Count:
80 Seeds
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Price £1.74

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80 Seeds.

Other Names - Spring Onions, Bunching Onions, Scallion...

Purplette is a versatile early variety of onion that can be harvested when young as a pretty purple red skinned salad onion or left to grow further for pickling as small round pickles or if preferred they can be left to grow further to golf ball size and treated like an onion or a large pickle. Purplette has a glossy rich purple red colour that when cooked or pickled transforms to a pretty pink colour. They are ideal for small gardens or container and suitable for children to grow as they are an easy and a low maintenance variety.

  • Suitable for containers and small gardens.
  • Versatile, can be eaten young as spring onions or left to grow to form an onion bulb.
  • An easy variety to grow with a deep purple red skin.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, container garden, limited space

Sowing Months - February - early July

Harvest - June - October

Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Lettuce and onions grow well together.
  • Chamomile and summer savory - these two herbs if grown nearby are believed to improve the growth and flavour of alliums.
  • Beetroot, Kohl rabi, strawberries and cabbages are good plants to grow close to onions as they do not compete against each another.

Soil Preperation

Add well rotted manure or compost a few months before sowing or planting. Remove any weeds and apply some general purpose fertilizer 1 - 2 weeks before sowing or planting. Before sowing rake the surface when dry to produce a fine tilth.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Biennial, grown as an annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type N/A Distance between plants 10 cm
Position Full sun Distance between rows 25 cm
Average height 35 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 15 cm Sowing distance between plants 1 cm
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows 25 cm
Overwintering No Sowing depth 1 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 8 to 20℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Salad onions are best sown direct however for early sowings start indoors in modules. Sow 5 - 6 seeds per 4 cm module. As soon as germination starts reduce the heat and move to an area with good daylight, a windowsill or greenhouse is ideal. Keep the compost moist but do not overwater.
After 3 - 5 weeks depending on speed of growth plant out. Harden off over a few days before planting out. Plant out at the distance suggested above. Firm the soil around each clump and water well. Cover with horticultural fleece if frost is forecast.

Direct Sowing

Sow 1 - 2 seeds every 1 cm at the depth and row distance suggested above. Lightly cover the seeds with fine soil and water well. Sow salad onions little and often to keep the kitchen in good supply over the season. Thin out if plants are closer than 1 - 1.5 cm apart.

Growing On

Weed often as the tall thin plants can easily be smothered by weeds. Water the young seedlings often in dry weather. Older plants will need watering well every 7 - 10 days in dry weather. The plants will benefit from a mulch of compost to help prevent the surrounding soil from drying out in the summer months.


Harvest alternate salad onions so that the remaining plants can grow larger. If the salad onions are difficult to pull out by hand, to prevent them from snapping use a trowel to loosen the soil first. This variety can be harvested as spring onions, onions for pickling or they can be left to grow to a golf ball sized onion. The larger the distance between each plant the bigger the bulb can grow.


Growing a row of onions on either side of carrots can help to confuse and deter the carrot root fly.

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