Onion - Pukekohe Long Keeper

Onion - Pukekohe Long Keeper

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The Pukekohe Long Keeper Onion is an old New Zealand variety that is best suited to cooler climates.  In 1923 Pukekohe onion grower, John Turbot, developed the now world famous ‘Pukekohe Long Keeper’ to export to distant markets. It is a strong flavoured, firm cooking onion with golden brown skin and white flesh.

These onions keep for around 8-10 months, making it a fantastic home garden variety.

Sow seed, approx. 5mm deep, (into trays) in cool areas sow July; in temperate areas sow mid May - August; it is not suitable for Qld or coastal NSW.  Germination approx. 7 - 10 days.  Let grow to a good size with decent root growth (approx. 12 weeks), transplant out at 15cm diagonal spacing in fertile soil (less than 1cm deep). Keep well watered to establish. Harvest in approx. 195 - 225 days.

Onions have a surprisingly deep root system, so you need to work the soil deep – at least 25cm – to ensure good drainage. Sorting the drainage is important as the soil will end up compacted due to them being in the ground for a long time.

20 seeds per packet