- A great companion plant – their scent helps confuse pests such as carrot root fly.
- Grow to 30cm tall and has a mild onion flavour.
- Has masses of small, purple flowers in the summer.
- Likes full sun or partial shade.
- Water when dry.
- In Autumn they die back and re-emerge in the Spring.
- Young plants should not be harvested until late Summer in their first year so that they can establish a good root system.
- To Harvest: cut with scissors and always leave 5cm of leaves to continue growing.
I’d left them to grow in the same pot outdoors and the roots were getting a bit overcrowded and pot-bound. So I transferred the whole lot into a new pot which was slightly bigger. But I wasn’t convinced this was the right thing, so I looked on the Internet.
It said I should have transferred the seedlings outside a month after sowing with 10cm (8in) between each plant. So I had to separate each bulb, which was a bit difficult as the root ball was so compact.
But I did manage to separate them all and the bulbs looked just like mini spring onions – the smell of onions was really strong too!
So I replanted these in my new small pots and I also put some in with the Rosemary and Thyme plants. Hopefully they’ll grow a lot stronger now they’ve got more room.