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PlantFiles: Bunching Onion
Allium cepa 'White Lisbon'

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: cepa (KEP-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: White Lisbon

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive promethean_spar On Jul 14, 2010, promethean_spar from Union City, CA wrote:

I planted this onion in a perennial bed expecting it to grow into clumps similar to 'evergreen hardy white', however it turns out that this is a bulbing onion, NOT a bunching onion. It grew ~2" white, compressed, cippolini-like bulbs.

I was disappointed that the permaculture approach would not work, but as a cippolini they performed quite well here in intermediate-onion country (Coastal CA, 37'N). They were decent as 'spring' onions, and I guess they are popular for that because they form small bulbs (as in the top photo) when the stems are still scallion-sized.

Positive twiggybuds On Nov 7, 2008, twiggybuds from Moss Point, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:

I plant these in mid-August from seed. They're nice by Thanksgiving and will winter over here. They also do well in pots. A perfect green salad onion.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sunol, California
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Moss Point, Mississippi
Fort Worth, Texas
Cheyenne, Wyoming

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