Shallots Growing Guide

Shallots

Crop Rotation Group

Allium (Onion family) 

Soil

Fertile, well drained soil with compost dug in. In clay soil, use raised beds or rows.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Yes.

Feeding

Not normally required.

Companions

Beet, Chamomile, Carrot, Strawberry, Lettuce, Chinese Cabbage and Cabbage.

Spacing

Single Plants: 5" (15cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 3" (10cm) with 5" (15cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Set individual cloves in prepared ground in the fall. They will root during the winter, and multiply into a cluster in late spring or early summer. Alternatively, plant first thing in spring, or grow from seed and set out seedlings in early spring.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Used in place of onions for concentrated flavor.

Harvesting

Harvest in early summer when the tops begin to fail, and the bulbs have divided into several plump bulblets. If storing shallots, cure in a dry place for 10 days after pulling the plants.

Troubleshooting

Onion root maggots can cause plants to collapse. Remove infested plants.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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