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Scallion - Slow Going Breeders Mix

Scallion - Slow Going Breeders Mix

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Allium fistulosum
50 Days
Germination: 100% 12/23
NCS Original 

Early work-in-progress F2 mix of red and white scallions. The F1 plants produced mostly white stems, and in this generation I'm hoping to see more colour. The original parents are Flagpole and Red Beard. Flagpole is very tall with thick white stems, while Red Beard is short and slender with red stems.

My goal for this project is to develop a super tall scallion with a pink stem and pseudostem. The name is a nod to that extra poignant feeling of impatience you sometimes get during your first biennial breeding project.

I was on the fence about releasing these so early, but the first year F1 crop looked superb, so I figured why not. The seeds offered here are the first F2 crop I've produced, so I haven't even seen the plants yet - updated photos will be coming this summer once they start growing! 

Scallions are also known as green onions, bunching onions, and spring onions. Unlike regular onions, scallions do not form large bulbs, instead developing an elongated stalk similar to leeks. The plants in this population can exceed 24" in height, and are extremely cold hardy. Although they are most often used as an annual, scallions are perennial and will enlarge into clumps if you let them overwinter. Scallions can be direct seeded, but I like to start them indoors at the end of February with my other alliums, planting 5-6 seeds per cell or soil block.

Introduced in 2023.

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