Growing Shallots, also Eschalots

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27 Jul 09 Ian C. Purdie (Australia - temperate climate)
Around Anzac Day I planted a heap of shallot bulbs [Dutch] which I purchased at Coles. If you're lucky they'll process them price wise as cheap brown onions. Also I purchased "Australian Purple Garlic". Chinese didn't grow very well. Probably irradiated on entry. Both are going gang busters but showing some signs of the lower leaves yellowing [which may or may not be a problem]. A few of the shallots however, while coming out as many as nine to a plant are throwing out seed heads. That's a worry. Any hints, tips? My Italian neighbour gave me some bunching shallots, told me how to plant them and also quite doing well. TIA
17 May 11 Cygnetian (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You could try cutting off the seed heads to encourage bulb growth.
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