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Okra H syn. Lady's Fingers; Gumbo; kok-tau, jiao dou (Chinese); kopi arab (Indonesian); kacang bendi (Malaysian); kachieb (Thai); dau bab (Vietnam)
Abelmoschus esculentus syn. Hibiscus esculentus
Okra grows as a vigorous, annual bush to 1-1.5m tall. It is a truly heritage vegetable having been grown by the ancient Egyptians. Sow okra direct, after frost, it needs a warm soil to germinate. Keep soil moist. It grows best in a fertile, well-drained soil, slightly acid pH 6.00 - 6.5, prepared with plenty of organic matter. Plant bushes in full sun 30-40 cm apart. Soak seed for 12 hours before planting to improve germination. Sow seed 2 cm deep. For continuous production harvest pods every day, when about 8 cm long. Sow spring and summer. Suitable for temperate (if started early), subtropical and tropical areas.
Okra 'Mammoth Spineless' H
Okra 'Mammoth Spineless' is highly productive tall bush, up to 2m tall with green stems and leaves. The slightly ribbed, vibrant green pods are best harvested small, less than 10 cm long.
SO127 approx. 40 seeds
SO128
SO169
Okra 'Red' H
Okra 'Red' is high yielding with rich scarlet, tender pods to 15-17 cm long, that turn green once cooked.
SO100 approx. 40 seeds
SO131
SO159
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Onion
Allium cepa
Onions are slow to germinate and slow growing, requiring close attention to weeding and watering. They do best on fertile soils and are suitable for temperate and subtropical areas. They prefer an open, sunny site, with free drainage and a pH above 6.5. The flowers of onions are attractive to bees and other useful insects. Onions are mostly grown as a winter crop. In southern Australia onions are sown (depending on variety) from mid-May to August; in Queensland onions are usually sown from March to June. Seed is hard to germinate in hot weather. Seed germinates best at 10 - 23C soil temperature. Sow seed 1 to 2 cm deep, cover with soil and firm down. Space rows 25 - 30 cm apart. Seed takes 7 - 10 days to germinate. Thin to 8 - 10 cm apart in the rows to produce a good-sized bulb. It takes 12 weeks for seeds sown in trays to be ready to transplant. To transplant, trim the tops and avoid planting them too deeply, less than 1 cm deep. Onions are ready to harvest when the tops shrivel just above the bulb and bend over. You can lift them early while the tops are still green but they will not keep well. Mature onions can be stored in open mesh bags in a cool, dark, well-ventilated position.
Onion 'Early Lockyer White' UT
Allium cepa
'Early Lockyer White' is an excellent, early, 'short day' onion grown mainly in Queensland. They are only a 'fair' keeper and are used mainly as a 'fresh' or 'spring' onion. The bulbs are globe-shaped with an attractive white skin and pungent flavour. 'Early Lockyer White' can be planted from late February to May in Queensland. Unsuitable for Tasmania. Days to harvest: 165 - 195.
SO120 approx. 200 seeds
SO121
Onion 'Lockyer Gold' UT
Allium cepa
'Lockyer Gold' is a short day, early maturing variety similar to Lockyer Brown. It is an excellent onion for warmer areas and a very good keeper. The bulbs are globe-shaped with an attractive golden skin and pungent flavour. 'Lockyer Gold' can be planted from late March to the end of May in Queensland. Unsuitable for Tasmania. Days to harvest: 165 - 195.
SO114 approx. 200 seeds
SO115
SO180
SO116
Onion 'Long Tropea Red' UT
Allium cepa
Also known as 'Tropeana Lunga', 'Tropea Rossa Tonda'.
An Italian heirloom traditionally grown in Italy and France. It is a intermediate-day onion with torpedo shaped bulbs up to 15 cm long. The bulbs have red skins and sweet, rosy flesh. It is ideal for eating raw in salads due to its mild flavour and high sugar content. It can be picked young as an attractive bunching onion. It will store for up to 3 months. In cool temperate and highland areas sow in July; in warm temperate areas sow May - June; in subtropical areas Lockyer cultivars will do better; it is unsuitable for tropical areas. Days to harvest: 90 - 110.
SO144 approx. 200 seeds
SO145
SO146
Onion 'Mini Purplette'
Allium cepa
'Mini Purplette' is a pearl or cocktail onion with glossy, rich burgundy skin, 2.5 - 5 cm across. It is suited to both warm and cool areas. The bulbs are golf-ball size and shape with a sweet, delicate, mild flavour. Mini onions do not store well but are one of the easiest onions to grow. This is a good choice as a pickling onion, it turns pale pink when cooked or pickled.
SO101 approx. 200 seeds
SO102
SO123
Onion 'New Zealand Creamgold' UT
Allium cepa
syn. Pukekohe Longkeeper
'NZ Creamgold' is a long-day length onion, suitable for cooler areas. In cool areas sow July; in temperate areas sow mid May - August; it is not suitable for Qld or coastal NSW. The bulbs are globe-shaped with a light brown skin and pungent flavour. It is one of the longest keeping onions, stores 6 - 8 months. Days to harvest: 195 - 225.
SO173 approx. 200 seeds
SO174
SO175
Onion 'Red Creole' UT
Allium cepa
'Red Creole' is a short-day, medium-sized red onion especially suited for warmer, subtropical areas. The flattened, globe-shaped bulbs have a pungent, spicy purple-red flesh. It is excellent for storing; use in cooking or salads. Sow in temperate areas from late May to July; in subtropical areas late March to end of May; it is unsuitable for wet, tropical areas. Days to harvest: 110.
SO160 approx. 200 seeds
SO161
SO167
SO178
SO179
Onion 'Red Shine' UT
Allium cepa
'Red Shine' is a beautiful, bright-red, globe-shaped onion suited to areas from mid NSW south to TAS; stores better than most red types. In temperate areas sow from late May to July; in subtropical areas Lockyer cultivars are better suited; it is unsuitable for tropical areas. Days to harvest: 195 - 225.
SO176 approx. 200 seeds
SO177
Onion 'Texas Early Grano'
Allium cepa
An heirloom variety from Texas; it is a 'short day', early maturing 'Vidalia' type. It is an excellent onion for warmer areas but only a short to moderate keeper. The bulbs are large, with a thin, pale yellow skin, white flesh and sweet, mild flavour. In warmer areas sow late March to the end of May. In cooler areas 'New Zealand Creamgold' is a better choice. Days to harvest: 110.
SO170 approx. 200 seeds
SO171
SO172
Welsh or Bunching Onion
Allium fistulosum
Also known as Welsh onion; Japanese bunching onion; evergreen bunching onion; taai tsung, qing cong, xiao cong (China); bawang daun (Indonesia); atasuki, negi (Japan); bawang daun (Malaysia); ton horm (Thai); hanh (Vietnam).

Welsh onions are a hardy, non-bulbing, often perennial, spring onion with a mild, sweet flavour. It has tube-like, hollow, green leaves above white stems; the white shaft plus a few cm of the green leaves are eaten. It is a versatile plant, extremely hardy and pest resistant, that will generally grow from cold regions right through to hot, tropical areas. The seeds can also be sprouted. Older varieties will form a clump; some modern cultivars are best grown as annuals and will fail to clump up very much at all. Welsh onions prefer an open, sunny site, with free drainage and a pH above 6.5. The flowers of Welsh onions are attractive to bees and other useful insects.

Sow seed in autumn or spring; it germinates best at 10 - 24C soil temperature; in warmer areas try germinating the seed tray in the bottom of the fridge to get it started. Sow seed into a seedling tray, 5mm deep, cover with soil and firm down. Transplant the seedlings once large enough to handle. Space rows 30 - 70 cm apart with 15 - 30 cm between plants. Seed takes 7 - 21 days to germinate. Established clumps can be divided to for propagation material.
Onion 'Green Stem Welsh' H
Allium fistulosum
A non-bulbing, open-pollinated, perennial, spring onion which readily forms a clump; this is a very useful addition to any garden. Bunching onions have a mild, sweet flavour; the green shaft plus a few cm of the green leaves are eaten. The seeds can also be sprouted. The flowers are attractive to bees and other useful insects. This is a versatile plant with tube-like hollow leaves; it will grow from cold regions right through to hot areas. Sow seed in autumn or spring; it germinates best at 10 - 24C soil temperature. It prefers a neutral to slightly alkaline soil and is extremely hardy and pest resistant. Grow it in full sun. They can be propagated from offsets once clumps are established.
SO110 approx. 200 seeds
SO111
SO112
Onion 'Ishikura Winter Long' UT
Allium fistulosum
'Ishikura' is a popular variety in Japan for its long, white stems and excellent flavour. It has a very long 45 cm of white stalk; 75 cm overall in length. It is a vigorous, non-bulbing spring onion with tube-like, hollow, blue-green leaves. Use it in salads, stir-fries and soups. It will grow from cold regions right through to subtropical areas. It is hardy, frost tolerant and pest resistant. 'Ishikura' is best grown as an annual and is unlikely to form a clump. Sow seed in autumn or spring; it germinates best at 10 - 24C soil temperature. 66 days to begin harvest. This is an F1 hybrid so is not suitable for seed saving.
SO154 approx. 200 seeds
SO155
SO156
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