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RAKKYO ONION GROWING INFORMATION
© Frances Michaels
BOTANICAL NAME: Allium chinense
Rakkyo, Chinese Onion, Chinese Scallion, Oriental Onion, Jiao Tou
/ Chiao Tou (Chinese), Cu Kieu (Vietnamese)
Rakkyo is a hardy plant native to China and naturalized in Japan, Korea, Russia and Mongolia. It grows as a dense
evergreen clump with small, pretty, deep rose pink flowers. It is tolerant of a range of growing conditions. A staple
vegetable in cuisines ranging from Japan to China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, Rakkyo is a multiplying onion
that in just a few seasons becomes hugely productive.
Plant in a sunny, well-drained position.
Rakkyo is very intolerant of poorly drained soil. Prepare the soil a few
months before planting. Add wood ash (for potash) and lime (for calcium) to sweeten acid soil. For a good crop, a
rich, loam soil with even watering is preferred.
Recommended planting time:
In most areas bulbs are planted in late summer to autumn.
Do not plant too deeply, just below the surface of the soil.
Space bulbs 10 cm apart, in rows 60 cm apart.
Once the leaves die back over summer, harvest by digging the clumps and spreading out on a wire screen in a cool, well
ventilated shelter. Trim off the dry tops and roots. Use a large onion bag to wash the bulbs, free of dirt. Keep rinsing
until all the skins have washed off. Dry before pickling or cooking.
Not to NORFOLK ISLAND, NT, SA, TAS or WA
SORRY but due to quarantine restrictions between Australian States no plants at all can be ordered
by residents of Norfolk Island
. These restrictions are very important as they prevent
the spread of plant pests and diseases. No potatoes, garlic, shallots, strawberries or tubestock
can be sent to South Australia
. No tubestock can be sent to
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