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Growing Shallots, also Eschalots

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Shallots in Australia - temperate regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Plant small bulblets, with stem just showing above ground. Best planted at soil temperatures between 8°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 15 - 20 cm apart
  • Harvest in 12-15 weeks. Keep a few for your next planting.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Lemon Balm, Borage, Carrots, Beets, Silverbeet, Lettuce, Amaranth
  • Avoid growing in same bed: Peas, Beans

Shallots are grown from small bulbs kept from the main plant. Once they are established, you can keep your supply going indefinitely by saving a few bulblets each year.

A type of small mild multiplying onion, popular in French cooking.

Tree onions or 'walking onions' produce bulbs at the top of the stem.

Shallots are not spring onions and are quite different to the green bunching "Eschallots" (Allium fistulosum) which, just to confuse us, are also called shallots in Eastern Australia.

They are more like garlic in their growth as they form a clump of bulbs at the base of the stem.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Shallots

Use in any recipe instead of onions
Can be cooked whole, braised gently with other vegetables.
Sometimes pickled.

Your comments and tips

21 Jun 15, Brian (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Elaine, Shallots do not have prominent bulb on the end where Spring Onions do. Never seen Golden ones but if from Bunnings...Best of luck.
12 Jun 15, Elaine Beard (Australia - temperate climate)
I also purchased from Bunnings,Golden Shallots. Am hoping they will do okay as they really are expensive.Oh well, I am a learner at this gardening thing. Why on earth we mix them up with spring onions I shall never understand. :)))
23 May 15, (Australia - temperate climate)
I've read that onions shouldn't be mulched, but garlic should be, What is the rule for shallots? Am planting golden shallots from Digger's.
17 May 15, Bernice Sigley (Australia - temperate climate)
I live close to Bonalbo in northern NSW soil type heavy clayey loam Id like to grow french shallots to harvest the bulb for cooking is there a bulk supplier in Brisbane where i could obtain a few kilos of stock? The area is prone to winter frost but the days are generally warm with wetter hot summers thankoyu
22 Feb 15, judy (Australia - temperate climate)
I have just taken out my shallots and would like to know when I can replant them,as I want to get a patch of them going.
22 Nov 14, Dave (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I live in Brisbane and when we buy Shallots from the supermarket we cut the bottoms off and plant them and they seem to grow fine. Although you will find that most things you buy as shallots are actually Spring Onions.
09 Oct 14, linet (Australia - temperate climate)
where can i find Persian shallots. in Sydney?
11 Aug 14, (Australia - temperate climate)
How do I know when it is time to harvest the shallots
12 Aug 14, Ruth (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
the tops will start to yellow/brown and droop, hope that helps
09 Jul 14, JITKA (Australia - temperate climate)
I bought shallots bulbs at Bunnings. They have golden and red. Quite expensive... $ 8.50 for 6 bulbs...
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