The Allium group are perennial bulbous plants that are very worthwhile and productive crops, commonly cultivated for their unique flavour and aroma, making them key ingredients for many cooking dishes. The most popular among this family that are often found in many vegetable gardens are chives, garlic, leeks, onions and shallots.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:


    Generally Allium species thrive in an open sunny position.

    Alliums do best when grown in well amended soil that is light, friable and has good drainage. This genus of plants can still be grown successfully over a wide range of soil conditions and pH levels.

    Weeds need to be kept down as they can interfere with plant growth.

    It is important to ensure the plants receive ample water whilst the foliage is developing.

    Drip irrigation offers the most precise control of water. The most common practices are furrow irrigation where fields should be laser levelled with a 1:1500 slope, otherwise overhead irrigation, although this requires much more managing.

    Plants should not be positioned in an area where other species in the genus have previously been. In other words, do not grow leeks where you grew onions, shallots or garlic the year before.

    Garlic and Shallots are best grown in Autumn to Winter, Chives in Spring, Leeks in Spring to Summer, and Onions in either Autumn, Winter or Spring.

    Propagate by gathering offsets and bulbils or from seed. Plant 20cm deep for use on lighter soil types and at 16cm apart.

    Minimise risk of disease, off-types and poor germination by purchasing only high quality seed.

    Soil tests should be carried out prior to planting.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ½ cup (80-100g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 1 - 1.2kg/10m row

    Comments: For heavy soils cut back on application. If later plantings are carried out, use higher rates of fertiliser.


    Stage: Side Dress

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¼ cup (50-75g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 500 - 750g/10m row

    Comments: Late applications of Dinofert products to healthy crops promotes too much top growth. One to three side dressings spun on to crops between emergence and bulbing.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.