Welsh Onion

A useful addition to the veg plot, this perennial ‘bunching’ onion can be split to make new plants. It stays green through the winter, so can be eaten all year round, and bees really love the creamy white flower heads that are produced in mid-summer.

Grown by Wales Seed Hub member Carolyn Moody on her One Planet smallholding in Pontyates.

Approx 150 seeds per pack.

Seed Story: Ok, so I admit they’re not actually Welsh.  The name refers to a near obsolete word ‘welch’, which means ‘foreign’ or ‘non-native’, as the onions themselves originate from China.  Known by many different names including Japanese bunching onion and long green onion, welsh onions are a useful addition to any veg garden.  They’re one of my favourites as they’re easy to grow, really productive and immensely versatile.  They’re also a perennial and pretty much evergreen here in mild south-west Wales, where I’ve been growing them for a good few years now.  You can either harvest them whole, digging up the clump, dividing it and replanting the other half, or you can snip off the leaves as and when, throughout the year.  They don’t form much of a bulb, so more like a chunky spring onion, but bolder in flavour.  Chop them up and cook with them in place of a normal onion, or shred them finely and use raw in salads and the like.  The pretty, white flowers are tasty too, and the bees absolutely love them. 

Like most alliums, they can be sown both indoors and out during the spring – indoors for earlier sowings.  Harvest from July onwards, once they’re reached a thickness of about 1cm, and a height of 15cm.

Why not save your own seeds!? All our seeds are open pollinated, non-hybrid varieties.
See our seed saving guidelines here: Save Your Own Seeds

Seed grown using agroecological principles. We are licenced to sell seed and issue plant passports. Reg number: 7710.