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Onion Ailsa Craig [Allium cepa]

Onion Ailsa Craig [Allium cepa]

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Tips to reduce water requirements

We recommend mulching the beds
Experience has shown that by covering the floor with hay or straw, evaporation can be reduced by 80%. If you keep the beds evenly moist, an optimal humid microclimate will be created under the mulch. This not only promotes the growth of plants, but also enormously reduces water consumption. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and harvest quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times, even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time
The desiccation of the soil leads to a huge decline in micro-and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in a barren soil over time. Tests have shown that the water content in the entire bed with full-scale irrigation remains longer than if watering is only carried out selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured surfaces, in contrast to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed is filled with moisture. Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to achieve it again and again.

Shipping and pick-up information

We offer CTT shipping for Saagut Europe and USA far! With us you will always receive a tracking number to track your package. Shipping costs differ depending on the shipping region. Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping
Portugal (with the Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or package up to 500g = € 3.50
2 kg Bus Package = 8 €
Package over 2 kg = 16 €

Europe Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = 7 €
500g Bus Package = 9,50 €
1kg Bus Package = 14 €
2kg Bus Package = 20 €
Package over 2kg = 40 €

USA Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = € 7.50
500g Bus Package = 15,50 €
1 kg Bus Package = 24 €
2 kg Bus Package = 33,50 €
Package over 2 kg = 67 €

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The onion 'Ailsa Craig' is an annual notable onion variety dating from 1887, originating in South Ayrshire, Scotland. The fast-growing and very large variety develops high-round and straw-yellow onions. The popular old variety belongs to the largest and earliest vegetable onions, reaching up to 20 cm in diameter and weighing up to 2.5 kg. The taste of the cold-tolerant variety is excellently mild, sweet and free from the characteristic, pungent onion flavor. It is ideal for raw consumption. Mature tubers can be stored for up to 2 months.

General information
Plant family: Amaryllidaceae
Life Cycle: Annual
Days to harvest: 130 days
Plant height approx.: 30 cm
Root Type: Shallow Root
Nutrient requirements: Medium Eaters
Water Requirements: Means
Winter hardiness: Up to-5 °C
Location: Sunny
Floor: Pervious, moist, loamy, Humos

PH: 6.5 to 7

Sowing and planting information
Germ Type: Dark germ
Seed Depth: 1 cm
Optimal germination temperature: 15-20 °C
Germination time: 15-20 days
Planting, row spacing: 10x25 cm

Optimal mixed culture: Savory, dill, cucumber, tomato, strawberry, spinach, lettuce, chamomile, carrots, marjoram, beetroot, salsify, zucchini, rose, fruit trees, parsnip
Unfavorable mixed culture: Artichoke, potato, cabbage, bean, pea, leek/leek, garlic

Subtropic climate (Mediterranean) (e. g. B. Portugal, Spain, Italy)
We recommend pre-culture from January to April or in autumn from September to November.

Moderate climate (e. g. B. Germany, Switzerland, Poland)
We recommend pre-culture from March to May.

We recommend the pre-culture, for this purpose let the seedlings grow in a small bowl up to a height of 20 cm and stable shafts. Then plant directly into the bed.
Onion prefers a fully sunny location with sufficient water, nutrient-rich, loamy and humus soil. Prepare the soil with deposited animal manure to develop larger roots. Avoid waterlogging.

Additional tips
In order to quickly obtain a fine, crumbly and well-drained soil, an additional incorporation of biochar and primeval rock flour is recommended.

Type of propagation
Spread occurs via seeds.

Care Plants
Due to the initially slow growth of the plants, we recommend weeding the surrounding herbs regularly. M It animal manure prepared beds and planting in mixed culture, replaces additional fertilization.

Germination ability of seeds: 2-3 years

Other Names
Botanical names: Allium cepa
English Names: Onion
German names: Zwiebel
Portuguese names: Cebola
Spanish Names: Cebolla
French names: Oignon

  • Made in harmony with nature
  • All seeds and seedlings are genetically stable for further propagation
  • Our seeds are always checked for germination at regular intervals
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