Onion Pukekohe Longkeeper
Onion Pukekohe Longkeeper was developed in the early 1920s in Pukekohe, New Zealand, by John Turbot, who wanted a home-grown variety with improved storage capabilities to reduce the amount of onions imported from America and Spain. It is vigorous and produces variable sized bulbs with brown skin and strong flavoured, white flesh. Renowned good storage ability and productivity.
A long day onion suited to southern states. Can store for 8 to 10 months.
Sow – July to September in a tray in a warm spot (cool climate). Plant out in September if sown July/Aug.
Spacing – 10cm plants, 30cm rows
Because the wild onion is extinct and ancient records of using onions span western and eastern Asia, the geographic origin of the onion is uncertain, although domestication likely took place in Southwest or Central Asia. Onions have been variously described as having originated in Iran, western Pakistan and Central Asia.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 22 to 24 C (around 10-14 days to germination)