Articles - Onion

15 July 2013

SAVEL, outstanding in Germany

Today in the south of Germany in the Rhineland-Palatinate region I visited a number of very impressive vegetable growers together with Inga and Thorsten of... more...

13 March 2013

Savel high quality bunches

The team at Kina Gardens in the Nelson Bays region continues to produce high quality spring onions, despite the severe drought. Using the strong and... more...

24 February 2012

Savel is the pick of the bunch

Today in Nelson there was some very nice crops of SAVEL bunching onion. Kina Gardens the leading quality producer of bunching onions in New Zealand... more...

10 March 2015

High yiields of Rhinestone in Canterbury 2015 harvest

Rhinestone onion is again proving to to be the pick of the crop in Canterbury. It is packing out at over 95% of class one... more...

27 February 2015

Rhinestone yield and quality

Rhinestone onion has once again int he Hastings been the outstanding performer. This season the cold spring conditions resulted in more bolting pressure and this... more...

20 August 2014

Onion development trials

The Vigour development trials have been planted , this year a little earlier than usual. Conditions have been good for planting onions across New Zealand,... more...

09 May 2014

Some weighty RED SHINE

The Nelson Bay region is not one of the biggest onion growing regions in New Zealand, however, it does produce some BIG onions. Shirley and... more...

07 May 2014

Onion seeds for 2014 sowing

We are pleased to report we have excellent onion seed quality for this coming season of all our brown onion varieties.   The leading vareities in... more...

24 February 2014

High yields of Rhinestone

Today Rhinestone onion once again confirmed its high yielding ability. This field in the southern Pukekohe district was nudging 100 tonnes per hectare off the... more...

04 December 2013

Jarit RLK exceptional long storage

Jarit RLK the best regular selection available in New Zealand of the world famous Pukekohe Long Keeper (PLK) continues to amaze. Today in Pukekohe one... more...

12 September 2013

The leaders in onion breeding

In this article published in the NZ Grower in August, I profile the world's leading onion breeding company Hazera-Nickerson-Zwaan. The best brains in the world... more...

12 July 2013

Onion breeding

This week I visited our onion breeding partners to view the trial bulbs that I sent to them in March and to meet with onion... more...

23 April 2013

Rhinestone and Tilbury Packing Demonstration

Today in Tuakau (outskirts of Pukekohe) Vigour held a successful onion packing demonstration at the packing faciltiy of ST PACKERS. With 45 local onion growers... more...

04 April 2013

Rhinestone onion packing demo

Following on from our field day in Pukekawa at ST Growers, we will have a packing demonstration of the onions.  At ST PACKERS next to... more...

15 February 2013


We are holding a field demonstration on Tuesday 19th February, (wet or fine)@ ST Growers cnr Clarke & Denize Road and Geraghty Road, Pukekawa from... more...

13 February 2013

Over Wintering Onions

If you are looking for onions to lead into the new season, Nickerson-Zwaan have bred PANTHER and WOLF for the harsh European over-wintering growing conditions.... more...

23 May 2012

Hokkaido onion tour

Steve McArthur spent two weeks visiting growers, marketers and wholesale markets while in Japan to attend the world allium congress. Quality and diversity is what... more...

20 March 2011

Rhinestone a gem of an onion

Excellent results have been achieved with RHINESTONE F1 onion a new high yielding Regular Pukekohe Long Keeper type. Rhinestone has high skin numbers with excellent... more...

10 March 2011

Quattro makes size in dry conditions

Faced with a very wet late winter and spring which delayed their onion sowings, Pukekohe growers Harry and Sam Das turned to QUATTRO f1 onion... more...

13 January 2010

Overwintering onions in the South

PANTHER f1 is a new hybrid that offers growers PLK type bulb qualities in an Autumn sown, Summer harvest onion. Overwinter onions are a high risk... more...

20 February 2008

Jarit onion breeding excels

The 2008 harvest of Vigour’s assortment of Jarit bred onions has been very successful. A feature has been the performance of Zenith in the early... more...

01 September 2007

Onion crop updates

We have just completed the development of the most upto date onion growing information website available for growers that choose to grow with VIGOUR. We... more...

13 November 2006

Tilbury Growing Well

The commercial plantings of Tilbury F1 onions are progressing well.  The variety is showing strong vigour at the 4th leaf stage. In some fields the... more...

21 September 2006

Onion Trials in The Netherlands

  Today I visited the field trials of new varieties being bred by Nickerson Zwaan at their research station in the North of The Netherlands. Onion... more...