Growing Shallots, also Eschalots

Allium cepa, aggregatum : Amaryllidaceae / the onion family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    P           P      

(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 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 beside): Lemon Balm, Borage, Carrots, Beets, Silverbeet, Lettuce, Amaranth
  • Avoid growing close to: Peas, Beans

Your comments and tips

15 Sep 19, Kathleen Foxwell (Australia - tropical climate)
I have planted shallot seeds. When they are due to be harvested they are only as thick as a piece of 8 ply wool. How do I make them grow bigger?
16 Sep 19, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
For over 50 years my mother and I have always grown shallots from bulbs. Kept some bulbs from one year (from spring crop) for planting the next year - autumn into late winter. A lot of different people have different names for shallots. The way to have good thick stalks is to grow in full sun, plenty of fertiliser and water. If the leaves are a nice deep green colour all is right - if light green yellow - they need fertiliser.
14 Sep 19, Greg O'Brien (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Anyone! We’re keen to try growing golden shallots and need to find a contact where we can buy a reasonably large amount of seed cloves. Anybody able to help?
16 Sep 19, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Do you mean the little gold/brown shallot/onion. I grow what I call shallots - the cluster of bulbs - purple/brown colour when fully grown. You let the shallot fully grow and seed and then harvest the cluster of bulbs. I usually save some from one year for the next year. I had a lot this year and have a few left now. Usually by now they have dried out to nothing or when some humidity about they start shooting. I doubt I have enough for you but what I have left could be planted - have to be real soon though. I live Coral Cove - via Bundy.
04 Aug 19, Rosemary Smit (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I have a salad and herb garden at my restaurant. Where to go to buy shallot seedlings or bulbs. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Rosemary.0728844936.
16 Aug 19, Danielle Botes (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi There Check out for most seed- courier all over SA :)
05 Aug 19, Melinda P Schwab (USA - Zone 8b climate) this is where we get ours, but not sure about shipping to your area.
19 Jul 19, Bakholise (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Where can i buy shallots seedlings or do styres sell seeds for them?, i need them for my research.
11 Jul 19, Reg George (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Were can I buy shallots seeds in za
23 Mar 19, Hilary Williams (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Would like to buy shallot seeds . Have had not luck on any site . Why is this.?
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I have planted shallot seeds. When they are due to be harvested they are only as thick as a piece of 8 ply wool. How do I make them grow bigger?

- Kathleen Foxwell

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