White Lisbon Bunching/Scallion Onion Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

4.1666666666667 out of 5 stars
(6 reviews)
'White Lisbon' is a green or spring onion, and sometimes referred to as a scallion or bunching onion. A popular variety since the 1700s because it produces dependably in widely varying conditions. It thrives in a wide range of soils, is heat and cold tolerant, and can be sown successively throughout the season. For the finest quality, pencil-thin onions, sow seed densely and do not thin seedlings.

Botanical Name: Allium cepa

Days to Maturity: 60 days

Family: Alliaceae

Native: Exists only in cultivation

Hardiness: Biennial grown as an annual

Variety Information: Mild, juicy, sweet, thin whites, with tender, edible, green tops (foliage), harvested early before it has the chance to form a bulb. 'White Lisbon' is a spring onion, generally used as a scallion-type onion. It has been in gardens since the 1700s.

Type: Bunching/Scallion (Learn more)

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 whites 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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White Lisbon Bunching/Scallion Onion Seeds Reviews

6 reviews

Easy to grow

5 out of 5 stars Jul 7, 2019
Love these green onion seeds, high yield and delicious flavor
Silvana Ostafi from NY

Somebody likes them.....

4 out of 5 stars Sep 1, 2019
Every time I have planted these somebody has eaten them before they are even all the way up. So, I guess it's good that some one is enjoying them..... it's just not me!
Deborah Miller from WA

Scallions with small bulbs

4 out of 5 stars Sep 3, 2019
This was my first time growing White Lisbon. I expected them to be straight, pencil think scallions but instead they grew small round bulbs just at the surface of the soil. I planted in late April in a full sun plot that has clay soil enriched with some compost. The production was good and I like the mild flavor.
Owner Response: Thanks for sharing your experience. Like many green onions this cultivar is a bulb onion, meant to be harvested young, also called "spring onions". Because it does eventually form a bulb you can also thin them to 4 or more inches apart and get bulb onions. 'Tokyo Long' is a true scallion and does not form a bulb, if you are interested.

Will grow again next year

5 out of 5 stars Jul 8, 2020
These are an easy addition to any veggie garden. They don't take up a lot of space so I grew them in between some rows of carrots and radishes in my raised beds. I only planted a small row but wish I would have started some more. I love adding them to my egg salad. The onion flavor wasn't too strong. Here's a picture: https://bit.ly/3iFZkgT
Melissa Zombor from WI


4 out of 5 stars Sep 17, 2020
doing well. Again, I need to thin them better.
Iris Rudnick from IL

Wouldn't recommend for desert climate

3 out of 5 stars Jan 15, 2022
I live in southern NM and planted these, along with the Tokyo, but never really got a good result. They did germinate, but only a couple of the plants did ok. They seemed to struggle in the heat and never really developed a good bulb. I may try again this year but start them earlier and plant them in a cooler spot with moister soil.
Izzi from NM
Owner Response: Hi Izzi, Thank you for sharing your experience. This onion is grown as a bunching onion and large bulbs aren't to be expected. They will form a bulb at some latitudes which are north of your location (intermediate day). Do get an onion bulb in your area choose a short day type and sow in winter or fall. Happy gardening!

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