Allium unveils four onion set varieties

Allium Seeds UK has launched four brown onion set varieties to extend the production season. Tornado is intended for autumn planting, Spitfire is an early variety, while two mid-season varieties, Vulcan and Griffon, are available for commercial trials next season.

"The key attributes for set varieties are early maturity and resistance to bolting, minimising the need for heat treatment," said managing director David O'Connor. "This year there are higher than normal rates of bolting in set crops, but Tornado gave zero bolting in our trials."

Founded in 2000, Allium Seeds claims to be the only breeder focusing entirely on breeding new onion varieties for set production.

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