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Growing Shallots, also Eschalots

(Allium cepa, aggregatum)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    P P P              

(Best months for planting Shallots in Australia - temperate regions)

P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.


  • 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

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...
17 Apr 14, bec (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
i couldnt find shallots anywhere, neither seed nor bulbs. Finally I bought some Golden and some red from the supermarket, grew from them. I also saved seed the year before last, sowed lst year and now have some "sets" to plant. No idea if red and Golden cross pollinated, don't mind if they did.
20 Feb 14, Maree Pyne (Australia - tropical climate)
Where can I buy dried shallot bulbs, I live imn the Toowoomba area am looking to buy them for someone in Townsville. Thank You.
29 Dec 13, G ZIMMER (Australia - temperate climate)
HOW DO I TREAT THEM AFTER HARVESTING,? DRYING THEM.
03 Oct 13, Liz (Australia - temperate climate)
Mick, you're going to need to add a lot of manure and compost and if you can get it, bentonite clay (or Richgro's Sand to Soil). The soil in Perth is very, very sandy compared to anything in Queensland and you'll need to build it up a bit. As for nurseries, most Bunnings have a decent selection. Dawson's as well. And there's always someone selling homegrown starter plants at the Canning Vale markets on a Sunday.
17 Sep 13, G. ZIMMER (Australia - temperate climate)
what soil conditions do I need for eschalots? where can I get bulbs in Perth w.a THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE G ZIMMER
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