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Onion 'Australian Brown'

Allium cepa 'Australian Brown'

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









This plant has a strong fragrance

Onion 'Australian Brown' Overview

Australian Brown onions are recommended for winter rainfall areas and have a good shelf life. This variety is an intermediate day onion, meaning it needs 12 to 14 hours of sun a day. They are a very reliable variety and are slow to bolt.

Common problems with Onion 'Australian Brown'

Downy mildew occurs in damp conditions and can be controlled with a copper based spray. White rot can be controlled by using fungicides at sowing time. Crop rotation will help manage problems with disease in your crops. Onion thrip is also a threat.

    Onion 'Australian Brown' Companion Plants

    Carrots, strawberries, lettuce, beetroot, cabbage, sweet peppers, spinach, tomatoes

    How to harvest Onion 'Australian Brown'

    Pull up the onion plants once the leaves begin to wilt and dry ​about 120-180 days after sowing. Tie the onions up in bundles and store in a cool dry place. This variety tends to by ready for harvesting in late autumn.

    How to propagate Onion 'Australian Brown'


    ​Direct sow or sow indoors and plant out seedlings when they are 5-7 cm tall. Space seeds 10-15 cm apart and sow 9-12 mm deep. Sow in Autumn/Winter. Germination takes 10-14 days.

    Special features of Onion 'Australian Brown'

    Crop rotation

    Onions are light feeders and can be succeeded by legumes

    Repels harmful insects

    Will deter harmful insects and can be paired with the Brassica family (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale etc.) to deter more pests

    Other uses of Onion 'Australian Brown'

    Culinary, medicinal, cosmetic


    The bulb is edible, either cooked or raw in salads.