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Ever-Ready Spring Onion

Allium cepa 'Perutile'

Also known as

Ever-Ready Onion, Everlasting Spring Onion, Perpetual Spring Onion

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H7-H4

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

20cm

30cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

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Ever-Ready Spring Onion Overview

Allium cepa 'Perutile' is a perennial cultivar from the Amaryllidaceae family. Commonly known by the names Ever-Ready Onion, Ever-Ready Spring Onion, Perpetual Spring Onion and Everlasting Spring Onion. It is often grown as an annual but will actually live for multiple years. This plant grows in a similar habit to Chives, forming clumps of foliage.

Common problems with Ever-Ready Spring Onion

Ever-Ready Spring Onion Companion Plants

How to harvest Ever-Ready Spring Onion

When the tops turn yellow and "wilt", it is time to harvest; usually between 100 and 120 days after planting. Gently lift the bulbs before the foliage has fully died back, place the whole plant on racks with good ventilation in full sun to dry out for 2 weeks before being stored in a cool dry location.

Special features of Ever-Ready Spring Onion

Repels harmful insects

The juice is used as a moth repellent. Rubbed into the skin it acts as an insect repellant.

Crop rotation

Onions are light feeders. Plant these after heavy feeders. Follow these crops with legumes.

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Ever-Ready Spring Onion

Culinary, vegetable. Can be grown in containers.

Medicinal

When eaten raw, onions benefit the health in many ways, i.a. anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, prevents tooth decay. The juice is a first-aid treatment for bee stings and quickens healing of wounds.

Edible

Although the bulbs are probably the base ingredient of the vast majority of cooked dishes the world over, the flowers are also edible.