Italian Red of Florence Bunching/Scallion Onion Seeds


This packet sows up to 8 feet.
3.8333333333333 out of 5 stars
(12 reviews)
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!
$2.49 1 gram (~200 seeds)

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

12 reviews

Foolproof and Plentiful

5 out of 5 stars Aug 15, 2019
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 from NY

Ital Red of Florence onions

5 out of 5 stars Jan 26, 2020
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 from MD

Italian Red of Florence Bunching/Scallion Onion Seeds

1 out of 5 stars May 31, 2020
have not seen any germanation.
jerry from CO
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

5 out of 5 stars Jun 9, 2020
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 from WA

Easy to grow kitchen staple

5 out of 5 stars Aug 3, 2020
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 from CA

Incredible Producer!

5 out of 5 stars Sep 29, 2020
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 from UT

Great onion

5 out of 5 stars Jun 19, 2021
Beautiful colors and east to grow as any bunching onion. I really love this company! Always super happy with my seeds from this brand.
Becca from SC


1 out of 5 stars Aug 7, 2021
I live in the black dirt region where the soil is naturally very organic and I can easily grow anything! However, I've tried a couple of seasons now to grow this with no luck. Just sad, thin weeds.
Laura Jean from NY
Owner Response: Hi Laura Jean, Please don't hesitate to contact us for help. It sounds like the seeds germinated so there are likely some tweaks to the growing conditions or spacing that can help.

The only one to grow

5 out of 5 stars Sep 27, 2021
This scallion is the only one I grow because it is so versatile. Great when young as a scallion but even better when left to develop a small bulb. The elongated bulb of about 2 inches is ideal for slicing finely for a salad. Just the right amount and they can stay in the ground until the minute you need them. I still have several in the garden now, at the end of September, and will be using them for at least another month.
Barbara from PA

Yum yum yum!

5 out of 5 stars Nov 10, 2021
I sowed these directly into my elevated raised bed and let them go. They germinated well and grew a beautiful red numbed green topped scallion. I left some in the second planting to bulb too. These are already on next years list to plant again.
Kim from NJ
Owner Response: Thanks so much for sharing your experience!


2 out of 5 stars Apr 15, 2022
Not the best germination. Verrryyyy long time for the bulbs to form. Also, need more sun than the packet says.
Mason from LA
Owner Response: Hi Mason, If you want to grow onion bulbs in your area, short-day onions are the only types that will perform correctly. All vegetables require full sun (6 or more hours) to produce best.

Not Much Luck

2 out of 5 stars Jun 19, 2022
I planted these in a raised bed 2021 season. A few germinated but didn't survive. This was my first time planting bunching onions so it could very well be my error.
Lisa from OK
Owner Response: Hi Lisa, Please don't hesitate to contact us for help. It sounds like the seeds germinated so there are likely some tweaks to the growing conditions or spacing that can help with the crop production. Plant early spring for summer harvest or in late summer for early winter harvest. Scallions are very hardy and may be wintered over in your area if mulched well.

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