onion farming kenya seed

Kenya Seed is a leading producer of onions in East Africa, and the country has a wide range of onion varieties that are grown for both domestic and export markets. Kenya Seed Company, the leading seed supplier in the country, offers a variety of onion seeds that are suited to different growing conditions and market demands.

One of the most popular onion varieties in Kenya is the Red Creole onion. This variety produces medium-sized, red-skinned onions that are sweet and mild in flavor. They are ideal for use in salads and other raw dishes, as well as in cooking. Red Creole onions are a popular export crop, and are in high demand in markets in Europe and the Middle East.


Another popular onion variety in Kenya is the Bombay Red onion. This variety produces large, deep red onions that are slightly pungent in flavor. They are ideal for use in cooking and are a popular choice for making onion rings and other fried onion dishes.

In addition to these popular varieties, Kenya Seed Company also offers a range of other onion seeds, including white onions, yellow onions, and shallots. Each variety has its own unique flavor and growing requirements, and farmers can choose the variety that best suits their needs and growing conditions.

Overall, the wide range of onion varieties available from Kenya Seed Company offers farmers in Kenya a variety of options for growing high-quality onions for both domestic and export markets. With their high yields, disease resistance, and unique flavors, these onion varieties are an important part of Kenya’s agricultural sector and are helping to drive economic growth in the country.

A List of Onion Varieties from Kenya Seed Company

Find a full list of Onion Seed varieties from Kenya Seed below.

VarietyPlanting spacing (cm)Maturity in daysAverage yield/acre in kgIdeal climateSpecial attributes
Red  Passion F130 x 10/ 30 x 512025000Cool and wet· Hybrid
· Excellent storage quality
· Deep red
·Tolerant to pink rot diseases
· Produce large onions
· Uniform maturity
·Easy to manage
· You can store for  upto 6 months
Red Creole30 x 10/ 30 x 5150-18010000Warm and hot·Attractive shaped red onion
·Tolerant to P ink rot disease
·Easy to manage
·Good storage qualities
Bombay Red30 x 10/30 x 5120-1506,000-7,000Warm and hot·Globular shaped deep red onion
·Provides good grade onions
·Dries well
·Widely grown
Texas Grano30 x 10/30 x 515012000Cool and warm·The ideal ‘grano’ type onion
·Straw coloured outer skin and white inner flesh
·Mild tasting. Ideal for salads
·Easy to grow and widely adapted
Spring Onion-Green bunching30  x drill85-90Bunched onionCool and warm·Grown for its green slender sweet tasting leaves
·Ideal salad onion
·Early maturing
·Easy to manage
American Flag·Extra long and thick white shaft
·Good pungency
·Uniform growth
·Widely adaptable
·Vigorous growth
Italian Giant· A fast growing strain, early maturity
·Stem is white and with fine flavor
·Medium long thick roots
·Heavy yielder
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Comments (8)

  • martin tumukunde September 19, 2015 Reply

    thank you for the great work you are doing,i am in Uganda and would like to know the type of soil that favours garlic growth,thankyou

  • Hakim September 29, 2015 Reply

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  • K.V Wanyonyi June 3, 2016 Reply

    which variety of onion is suitable in bungoma county especialy in the outskirts of bungoma town? what about strawberry farming? thank u for your work

  • edwin njoroge September 4, 2016 Reply

    Good work,lm trying yua seeds now

  • Eliya Nandala September 6, 2016 Reply

    Hi ,I am a beginner in onion farming,I have 2 questions first, which onion variety does well in Suam,on the slopes of mt Elgoni,and secondly I have seen the approximate cost of production, may you please sent me a breakdown of the costs .Thanks in advance

  • Caleb Juma Ngoge November 26, 2016 Reply

    Good job. We’re a self-help group in Migori County, Suna-East Sub-county. We engage in spring onions farming and tree (eucalyptus) farming. We now have 5acres of spring onions maturing in two months and 10acres planted with eucalyptus tree. How can you help with market link? Thank you!

  • KELVIN KAMAU December 23, 2020 Reply

    Hello. I am a young farmer from nakuru, subukia constituency. i was interested in grownig Red fpassion F1 onions, but i have a very small idea about onion farming considering the region mostly deals with maize farming.
    I will highly appreciate if you can give me a guide from january.

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