Common name: Spring onion
Spring onion, also known as green onion or Chinese onion, is an aromatic plant of the Alliaceae family. It looks like a small onion with long, thin stalks, and it has a delicate onion-like taste.
Spring onion prefers temperate climates and grows best in full sun, although it can tolerate light shade. It adapts to different types of soils, but it thrives in well-drained and fertile soil.
It is recommended to plant spring onions in spring or autumn. Prepare the soil by loosening it and adding compost to it to improve fertility. Plant the bulbs or seedlings about 2 to 3 centimeters deep, spacing them about 10 to 15 centimeters apart.
The spring onion is an easy-to-maintain plant. Be sure to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Mulch the planting area to help conserve moisture and reduce weed growth. Regularly remove weeds around the spring onion plants.
Spring onions can be harvested three months after planting. You can cut the stems individually as needed, leaving about 5 centimeters of stem above ground for new growth. For a full harvest of the spring onion crop, you can pluck the whole bulbs when the leaves have faded.
Diseases and pests:
Spring onions are generally disease and pest resistant. However, it can be prone to bulb rot if the soil is too wet. Avoid over-watering the spring onion crop to prevent this problem. If you encounter pests, such as aphids or thrips, you can use natural insecticide solutions or biological control techniques.
Spring onions can be propagated in two main ways. You can divide existing clumps in the spring or fall, carefully separating the bulbs and roots to replant individually. Another method is to plant the seeds in the fall or spring to get new seedlings for your spring onion crop.
To prolong the spring onion harvest, you can practice selective cutting, cutting only the outer stems and letting the inner stems continue to grow. This will promote continued growth of the plant. Growing spring onions is ideal for vegetable gardens, borders or even pots on a balcony or terrace.
To prolong the spring onion harvest, you can practice selective cutting, cutting only the outer stems and letting the inner stems continue to grow. This will promote continued plant growth in your spring onion crop. The spring onion is ideal for vegetable gardens, borders or even pots on a balcony or terrace.
Spring onions are not only a delicious plant to add to your dishes, but they are also beneficial for your garden. It can help keep some insect pests away, making it a great companion for other plants.
In conclusion, the spring onion is an easy plant to grow and requires little maintenance. By following these planting, care and harvest tips, you can enjoy its subtle flavors in your dishes throughout the growing season. Feel free to experiment with this versatile aromatic herb and share your tasty recipes with fresh chives from your own garden. Happy growing!