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Allium cepa var. aggregatum
  • Hardy to Zone 4
  • Full Sun
  • Germination Tested November 15, 2023: 100%
  • Approximately 70 seeds per packet
Regular price $5.00 CAD
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These seeds are a bit experimental. I'm not sure what you're going to get! They would be an interesting start to a multiplier onion breeding project. These seeds are saved from Lorient multiplier onion plants, which were also flowering at the same time as my Andy's Green Mountain potato onion, and a yellow potato onion. Lorient itself is a hybrid, and I've seen it called both a multiplier onion and a shallot. So there could be quite a lot of exciting variability in the offspring. Every seedling will be unique, and could be the start of a new variety.

Information about Lorient: "Finally a shallot you can reliably grow from seed! British-bred Shallot Lorient has been developed over 14 years with UK gardeners in mind. This superb variety offers superior performance compared to other seed varieties, and matches planting sets (immature bulbs) in terms of reliability, garden performance, and pest and disease resistance. Shallot Lorient is tough from the get go, making a strong start even in a cold spring. Mildew resistant and slow to bolt under the summer heat, this top-performer soldiers on to produce long, richly-sweet bulbs that add a real gourmet depth to any dish where onions are called for. Height: 35cm (14"). Spread: 15cm (6")."

Other sources say Lorient is a long-day variety, suitable for northern growers. However, according to Kelly Winterton, the authority on potato onions, says that multiplier onions (and presumably shallots) are NOT day length sensitive. I've found that the true Lorient bulbs act the same way as my potato onions.

Potato onions are a perennial multiplying onion, slightly smaller than regular onions, but their advantages are they are easier to grow and they keep for much longer in storage, up to a year in my experience. Plant these seeds once, then keep some of the onions for replanting next year. In their first year, potato onion seeds will usually just grow into a large single onion. Harvest them once the tops die back around August. Eat the biggest onions, and replant the smallest ones in fall or spring.


Growing Instructions

Sow seeds shallowly indoors in January or February. I like to sow my onions in deep trays so they have enough soil to grow for a few months. Plant outside once they are a few inches tall and harsh frosts have passed. Plant about 6-12 inches apart. Harvest bulbs when their tops have flopped over and turned brown. You can reduce watering at this time as well. Bring them inside and store in a well-ventilated dark place until you eat them or replant in the spring. Or just leave some in the ground to see if they will perennialize in your area (they will probably do better if you divide and space them out every couple years).

Shipping & Returns

We ship seeds within Canada for a flat fee of $6, United States for $25, and internationally for $25*. Live plants and bulbs can only be shipped within Canada.


Shipping in Canada 

We ship seeds in Canada via regular letter mail, which is an untracked service, and usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrive. Larger bulbs and plants are sent via tracked flat rate box.


Shipping to the US

We ship all US orders by tracked packet and they usually take two weeks to arrive.

According to the USDA, most seeds require an import permit to be brought into the US and the permit is free and useable for multiple orders/years. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". In our experience shipping seeds over several years, most small orders will make it across the border without issues, but occasionally they will be held at US Customs. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held or confiscated by US customs.


Shipping Internationally

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