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Onion, Tokyo Long Island

    Onion, Tokyo Long White Bunching  

Heirloom. Organic. The Tokyo Long white is a bunching type of onion which grows small roots and long tops. The tops are long and white with blue-green tops and are great for eating. The Tokyo Long White is tolerant of cold and heat but is usually not best for over-wintering. Plant is resistant to Pink Root, Smut, Botryis Leaf Blight and Thrips. These scrumptious bunching onions with their long, white stalks resemble slender leeks. Ideal for summer and fall harvests, they can be blanched in the garden for 14"-16" long white shanks.  Slice these sweet onions and juicy, bluish green tops into salads, or serve whole on a vegetable platter. Not just for Asian cuisine, these onions can be added to soups, stews, and stir-fry dishes. Slightly pungent, long white shanks with stiff blue-green tops.

Planting Tokyo Long White Bunching Onion

While starting seeds of the Tokyo Long White Bunching Onion plant is not necessarily difficult, the right conditions will make the process successful.  Most gardeners sow Tokyo Long White Bunching Onion Seeds directly in the ground in the spring when the threat of frost has passed or plant is containers (grows great on a window ledge). Keep the ground moist but not wet for the first couple of weeks. Pick a sunny, well-drained spot for planting for the best performance. Prefers a well-drained fertile soil in a sunny position.  Heirloom / Open Pollinated Tokyo Long White Bunching Onion are cool weather loving plants that prefer well drained loose soil and an even amount of water. Plant heirloom Tokyo Long White Bunching Onion in rows or hills but make sure the soil is well warmed. Plant seeds 1/8" deep. Plant Tokyo Long White Bunching Onion in full sun or partial shade. Germination should occur in 10-15 days in soil 70-85°F. 

In rows 8-10" apart. Height: 12-18”   Spacing: 3-6”

Depth: 1/8  inch Germination: 10-15 days

Starting from Seed Indoors

Generally, the time to start your seeds is about 2- 3 weeks before the last expected spring frost date in your area, planting the seedlings outdoors about 2 weeks after that date. Another way to figure is to plan on setting out sturdy seedlings in the garden when night temperatures stay in the mid-50 degree range both day and night. Count back and sow seeds 2 to 3 weeks before that date normally arrives. Broadcast seeds over the area to be planted. Cover the seeds to a depth of approximately 1/8 inches of the potting mix. Mist each  pot with water until the soil appears moist. Place the pots in an area which will provide both light (which is required for germination) and heat, preferably about 65 to 70 degrees F and at least 8 hours of light each day. Check on the seeds every day and keep the seeds damp but not drenched by misting with your plant mister. You should see sprouting in about 5 to 10 days. Once your seedlings have reached about 2 to 3 inches in height, choose an area in your garden to transfer them. You can also use containers like barrels or clay pots. Dig holes twice the width and depth of each of your pots. Fill up each hole with water then let it drain off. Place a pot in the hole center and level so that your seedling is at the same level as the surrounding soil. Push dirt in carefully all the way to fill the hole back up. Water each seedling carefully so as not to soak the leaves or stem.  You can grow several crops during a season.   

Direct-seeding into the Garden

Turn over the area you've selected to a depth of approximately 2 inches. Rake the area until it's level and smooth. Water the area until the soil is damp but not saturated. Scatter the seeds in the row. Gently rake the area to distribute the seeds further and protect them from birds. Or, press the seeds into the soil and cover with no more than 1/8 inches of soil. You can also place 2 to 3 seeds every 3 to 6 inches in rows approximately 12-18 inches apart, and cover seeds with 1/8 inches of soil. Place planting stakes around the area so you will know where to water. Check on your seeds about once a day. Make sure to mist the soil whenever it appears dry. Germination for the Tokyo Long White Bunching Onion is approximately 10 to 15 days, depending on the warmth of the soil.   

Germination Problems

Growing plants from seeds successfully depends on a lot of factors and this makes it impossible to guarantee success on every batch of seeds planted.  Factors include, soil composition, PH, temperature, moisture levels, seed depth, soil density, seed viability, seed storage and many others.  We tested the germination of all our seeds and this seed variety is around 80%, but your results may vary based on exactly how you plant and all the environmental factors.  Good luck.