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ONION-CIPOLLINI-WHITE (Chip-oh-Lee-nee)is a gourmet Italian onion that is incredibly sweet, the flavor is mild & well developed.   The name literally means “little onion” in Italian, and indeed they are! Cipollini’s are about the size of a golf ball with a slightly flattened appearance. They’re thin-skinned and have translucent white flesh with more residual sugar than your average yellow or white onion.  Which makes them incredible for roasting or caramelizing? Roasted whole in the oven or cooked in a little butter on the stove top, Cipollini’s become soft and practically melt in your mouth. Those residual sugars caramelize and concentrate, leaving behind none of the astringent raw onion flavour. Seriously, you haven’t had caramelized onions until you’ve made them with Cipollini. Even the onion-haters out there might be swayed! The only downside to them is getting that thin skin off. Use a small knife to pull off strips from root to stem. You can also boil the onions for a few seconds to loosen the skin. It’s a pain, but definitely worth it for the sweet onions beneath.

Rows should be about 30cm apart, or if planted in dense beds, 12.5cm apart in triangles for the best use of space. Thin or transplant seedlings as needed to open spacing or fill empty spots.

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How to Grow Cipollini White Onions

Cipollini White Onions are a small, flattened variety of onion that originated in Italy. They are known for their sweet and mild flavour and are often used in Italian cuisine. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to grow Cipollini White onions in both metric and imperial units and Celsius and Fahrenheit temperatures.

  1. Look for heritage or heirloom seeds if possible, as these are often more flavorful and hardy.
  2. Onions prefer full sun, but they can also tolerate some shade. Make sure the soil is well-draining and rich in organic matter.
  3. Sow the seeds directly into the soil, about 1cm (0.4 inches) deep, and 10cm (4 inches) apart. If planting in rows, space them 30-45cm (12-18 inches) apart.
  4. Water regularly to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Water deeply once a week, or more often if the weather is particularly hot or dry.
  5. Thin the seedlings once the seedlings have emerged,  Thin them out to give them more room to grow.  Space them 5-7.5cm (2-3 inches) apart.
  6. Fertilise sparingly as onions don’t require a lot of fertiliser, but a balanced fertiliser can help promote growth. Apply a slow-release fertiliser once a month.
  7. Harvest your onions when the tops begin to yellow and fall over. Simply lift them out of the ground with a garden fork or shovel.

Cipollini White onions are a delicious and nutritious addition to any kitchen. With these simple tips, you can easily grow your own crop in your garden or in containers on your balcony or patio. Enjoy the taste of fresh, homegrown onions all year round!

Cipollini onions, including the white variety, are a good source of vitamin C, dietary fibre, and antioxidants. They can be enjoyed raw in salads or pickled, but are most often cooked to bring out their natural sweetness and enhance their flavour.

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Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

30 - 45

Season of Interest

Late Summer to Autumn

Temperature Range (°C)

15 - 25

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial

Biennial (grown as an Annual)

Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow Direct or Raise Seedlings


Well-drained, fertile soil


6.0 - 7.0

Soil Temperature (°C)

10 - 20

Seed Preparation

No special preparation required

Sowing Depth (mm)


Plant Spacing (cm)

7 - 10

Row spacing (cm)

30 - 45


Regular watering, especially during dry spells

Germination Time (Days)

7 - 14

Harvest Time (Days)

80 - 100

Good Companion Plants

Carrots, Lettuce, Spinach, Tomatoes, Beets, Chamomile, Marigolds, Basil, Sage

Bad Companion Plants

Peas, Beans, Brassicas (such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage), Garlic, Shallots



Downy mildew, White rot, Fusarium basal rot, Smut, Botrytis leaf blight

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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