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Growing Shallots, also Eschalots

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(Best months for growing Shallots in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Plant small bulblets, with stem just showing above ground. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 - 8 inches apart
  • Harvest in 12-15 weeks. Keep a few for your next planting.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Lemon Balm, Borage, Carrots, Beets, Silverbeet, Lettuce, Amaranth
  • Avoid growing close to: Peas, Beans

Your comments and tips

04 Apr 17, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
If putting in pots make sure to have good rich loose soil. The only time I have poor shallots is when they grow in the shade (winter sun comes across the end of the row). The best shallots I grow, are from now into the winter. I read below how people leave the plant to nearly die before picking. I pick mine before the plant goes to seed. I eat shallots nearly every day when I have them producing in the garden. In scrabble eggs, in tossed salads, in soups, on a sandwich with tomato meat cheese, or even just whole on the plate with other salads.
03 Apr 17, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
I grow shallots every year from Feb/March until Oct - Bundaberg. I keep some of the bulbs for the following year. This has gone on for 35 years. In the winter they take a long time to bulb, Where as in the hotter months the run to bulb very quickly. Shallots like sun all day. If grown in the shade they grow very weak and may not bulb up. Plenty of sun water and fert. The bought ones are generally spring onions.
09 Apr 17, Lindsay (Australia - temperate climate)
Thanks very much for your comments Mike. I'll make sure to give them plenty of sun and warmer weather. I'm in the SW of WA, so I'll wait for warmer weather before trying again. Cheers.
16 Apr 17, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
Depending on how many bulbs you have - I would suggest you plant a few now - say 6-10. If they come up and start growing well then plant some more. I usually plant 2 rows with about 12-15 in each row every 4-6 weeks. This year I'm planting 1 row each 2-3 weeks. I'm just starting to eating some I planted about 7-8 weeks ago - they are a little thin - probably due to the excessive rain we had last month - leached the fert out of the soil. A planting guide says to plant from Feb to August.
16 Apr 17, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
I would try now - your temperatures are similar to ours - you have cooler day temps. Just remember to have in sun all day. They like warm days not hot days like you can have in summer.
17 Apr 17, Lindsay (Australia - temperate climate)
Thanks again Mike. You've convinced me! I'll try now, even though this autumn has been really cool and mostly overcast to date. Cheers.
08 Jan 17, joyce (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted shallots from Diggers and just harvested them. They have divided but did not swell. I also had problems with the garlic which were tiny when harvested. Soil had compost and cow manure. Help please
25 Oct 16, coral ritchie (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Can I plant shallots now. I just bought some or do I have to wait till next year.
16 Jun 16, (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I have some shallot seeds called Figaro. I would like to know when to plant them. I live in the Malmesbury area of the Swartland, West Coast. We have had some rain at last. Ailsa.
05 Jan 16, Jelenka (Australia - temperate climate)
I grew my first shallots and harvesting now. Some of the green stems on each plant have really swollen in one area the green stem, making me think as first time shallot grower that something is inside, but no, there is nothing there. Why have they swollen like that, they are healthy and delicious, the bulb. To add, on only one plant out of several there is a trio of small baby round bulbs on the end of one green stem. What are they and are they potential plants to be planted when it gets cooler?. Its mid January and not all the plant stems have dried and gone brown. I have eaten some or should I keep growing to get them bigger? I don't really want to lose the opportunity keep growing my own shallots. thanks for any tips and advice.
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I don't grow onions because they take so long to grow. We can buy onion in the shops for $1-1.50 a kg. The reason I grow shallots (a lot of people mix up shallots with spring onions and even eshallots) is because they are so easy and quick to grow and you keep bulbs from one year for the next year to plant. I planted some on Monday and they are shooting out of the ground today - Thursday - will be eating them in about 5 weeks time. Happy gardening - great rewards from eating what you grow.

- Mike

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