Allium cepa ‘Red Arrow’


  • Botanical name: Allium cepa 'Red Arrow'
  • Common name: Onion
  • Family: Alliaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable

Bulbing onions, Allium cepa, can be used all year round, either fresh from the garden or storage. Yellow, red and white-skinned varieties are available, with more or less pronounced flavour and keeping abilities. Varieties sown in spring (or earlier under glass) or grown from sets (small bulbs) are ready to harvest from late summer onwards and keep until the following spring. Seed or set varieties started in late summer or early autumn stay in the ground over winter and mature in early summer after stored onions are used up – these varieties only keep until the new year.


Onions grow best in a sunny site in rich but light soil, that’s relatively free-draining. They’ll tolerate a range of soils, as long as it’s firm.


British-bred Allium cepa ‘Red Arrow’ is an early maturing variety, with rosy red skin and pinkish flesh. Bulbs show good resistance to bolting and can be stored for up to eight weeks after harvesting.

How to grow Allium 'Red Arrow'

  • Plant size

    45cm height

    15cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • 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 Plant in January

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Do not Plant in December


Do not Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

Do not Harvest in March

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Do not Harvest in June

Do Harvest in July

Do Harvest in August

Do not Harvest in September

Do not Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Allium 'Red Arrow' and wildlife

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

Is Allium 'Red Arrow' poisonous?

Allium 'Red Arrow' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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