Allium cepa ‘Pal’

Spring onion

  • Botanical name: Allium cepa 'Pal'
  • Common name: Spring onion
  • Family: Alliaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
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Also known as scallions or salad onions, spring onions are simply immature onions, which are harvested before the bulb has had a chance to swell. Both the green tops and small white bulb are edible, and they are often chopped and eaten raw in salads or added to stir fries. The flavour of spring onions is much milder than mature onions.


Because they are harvested before they mature, there’s no need to dedicate as much space to spring onions as you would for regular onions. Simply sow seed 15cm apart in shallow drills from spring to early summer. You should be able to harvest them after 6-8 weeks.


Allium cepa ‘Pal’ is a quick growing spring onion with bright green tops, which is slow to bolt.

How to grow Allium 'Pal'

  • Plant size

    30cm height

    5cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Harvest in January

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Allium 'Pal' and wildlife

Allium 'Pal' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Allium 'Pal' poisonous?

Allium 'Pal' can be toxic.

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Toxic to Cats

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No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Allium 'Pal'