Italian Red of Florence Bunching/Scallion Onion Seeds

Heirloom

#0147
This packet sows up to 8 feet.
Availability: In Stock
This old Italian heirloom is commonly used in Italy for pinzimonio, a colorful mixture of raw vegetables served with a separate bowl of olive oil, vinegar, and salt. Use this colorful, torpedo-type, young red onion in almost any dish requiring onions. Hard to find in grocery stores, so grow it at home!
$1.99 1 gram

Botanical Name: Allium cepa

Days to Maturity: 60 days

Family: Alliaceae

Native: Exists only in cultivation

Hardiness: Biennial grown as an annual

Variety Information: Italian 'Red of Florence' is a torpedo-type, dark-red bulbing onion with mild, sweet flavor; a rare Italian heirloom. Elongated shape as a bunching onion, but given space and time will eventually form a bulb.

Type: Bunching/Scallion (Learn more)

Attributes: Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date or as soon as the soil temperature reaches 45°F, ideally 60°–85°F, and every 2 to 4 weeks recommended for continuous production. In Mild Climates, sow in fall for spring harvest.

When to Start Inside: 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date; transplant 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.

Days to Emerge: 10 –15 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: ½"

Row Spacing: 12"

Thinning: Not necessary unless thicker bulbs are desired

Harvesting: For repeated harvests of bunching onion greens, clip plants about an inch above the soil surface, and they will regrow. After cutting, apply fertilizer that is higher in nitrogen than phosphorus and potassium to encourage rapid regrowth. Bunching onions of the species Allium cepa can also form a bulb if given the time and space. To grow bulbs, harvest entire plants, leaving 3"-4" of space between the plants you want to remain and produce bulbs.

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Italian Red of Florence Bunching/Scallion Onion Seeds Reviews

6 reviews
Foolproof and Plentiful
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This is the second year I've planted these Italian red onions. They are easy to plant, cultivate, and very prolific. Once harvested, they store in the frig for a long time. They are great for cooking or adding raw to salads and slaws. Love these onions!
Jean Dempsey

Ital Red of Florence onions
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These are so easy to grow, harvest and enjoy! They keep well as bunching onions, and leave a few to bulb up, then keep in cool pantry for 6 months! Flavor is really nice at any stage. Up the anty with your fresh veggies. Wish these were offered as micro greens too.
Linda Hipple

Italian Red of Florence Bunching/Scallion Onion Seeds
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have not seen any germanation.
jerry
Owner Response: Thank you for leaving a review. Quality is very important to us. Our seeds are tested frequently by a third-party laboratory to ensure the germination rate exceeds both federal and our own standards. Our horticulturist is sending you an email to see how we can help as it looks like you are having issues with a couple of varieties. Thank you.

Great Germination
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I know onion seeds are only supposed to last a year but I decided to give it a shot with my 2019 batch. I started them indoors on a heated, temperature controlled mat set to 70 degrees. I really wanted to give them the best odds since they weren't fresh. I sowed them very thicky and covered them loosly with a very light seed starting mixture. To my surprise I had quite a few come up. In the 2x2 cell I started from I had probably 50 seedlings poke up. Most of them made survived transplating outside and have been growing well outdoors. As a comparison, I tried planting 7 other varieties of year old onion (scallion) seeds at the same time. Botanical Interests' Red of Florence had the second best germination rate of all 8 types.
Kristine Niemeyer

Easy to grow kitchen staple
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I love having these growing in the garden because buying regular scallions at the grocery store usually means I end up with much of the bunch slimy and unused at the bottom of the refrigerator veg bin. This way you can harvest as needed. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the longer they stay in the ground, the rounder they get. 2nd year growing them and they do very well in my 12" deep container.
Chris

Incredible Producer!
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I grew these for the first time this Summer. They were extremely easy to care for, grew *exactly* as the package said to expect, and produced a tremendous crop of green onions. I let them grow all summer, cutting stems as needed. At the end of the season, I had a bonus crop of absolutely beautiful red onion globes! The flavor was delicious. I will definitely grow these again next year!
Kate Isdell