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Onion 'White Lisbon'

Allium cepa 'White Lisbon'

Also known as

White Lisbon Bunching Onion, Onion, Uie (Afr.), Salad onion

Photo by Old_Hogden_4_seeds (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Onion 'White Lisbon' Overview

Allium cepa 'White Lisbon' is a bunching onion that produces small onions that are mild and crisp. A good onion for pickling. This variety is hardy and reliable and has long white stems with bright green tops. It is quick and easy to grow and can be grown successionally. They have very shallow roots, so they are perfect for container growing.

Common problems with Onion 'White Lisbon'

Onion 'White Lisbon' Companion Plants

Carrots, strawberries, lettuce, beetroot, cabbage, sweet peppers, spinach, tomatoes

How to harvest Onion 'White Lisbon'

Pull up the onion plants once the leaves begin to wilt and dry, about 60-120 days after sowing. Tie the onions up in bundles and store in a cool dry place. If left in the ground to mature it forms a small bulb which has a pungent flavour.

How to propagate Onion 'White Lisbon'


Direct sow thinly 6-12 mm deep in narrow or broad drills with 15-20 cm between drills. Seed germinates faster at higher temperatures. Sow every 3 weeks for continuous crops. Sow in Autumn/Winter

Special features of Onion 'White Lisbon'

Pot plant

The roots are very shallow, so they can be planted in pots either indoors or outdoors.

Crop rotation

Avoid following White Lisbon crops with onions, shallots, garlic or chives to prevent the build up of fungal diseases.

Repels harmful insects

Deters most insects such as aphids, mosquitoes, carrot flies and tomato pests. Also useful to fight against, moles, mice, slugs, ​and weevils.

Other uses of Onion 'White Lisbon'



Stems, leaves and bulbs are edible. The bulb area can be eaten raw or cooked and the leaves are best served raw in salads.

Onion: autumn planting varieties

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