Lilia onions have a beautiful shiny intense red inner core with dark green leaves and make a stunning addition of colour to salads. This variety has the added benefit of being able to be grown as a main crop. Despite their gorgeous appearance they have a delicately mild flavour.
One of the most popular crops for the gardener, onions are a huge must for any allotment holder or for the gardener who has their own little vegetable garden at home, as they are so versatile and can be used for a variety of different things
WHEN TO SOW
February to June
Where to Sow
Early sowing can be made underglass in modules , sow 4-5 seeds per module on the surface of seed sowing compost and lightly cover with a sprinkling or vermiculite or compost , and place at a temperature of 14°C. 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
Greenhouse sown modules do not require thinning and can be moved to a cold frame in April to harden off before planting outside 7cm (3in) apart for clusters of salad onions. Outdoor sowings can be pulled and used as required.
12 weeks from sowing.
Antibacterial and Antiseptic properties, due to beneficial sulphur compounds. A good source of antioxidants, such as quercetin and anthocyanin. Also high in Vitamin C, calcium and iron.
Can also be thinned to 15cm (6") apart and left to mature as main crop small red bulb onions in September.