That's shallot!

VerdunVerdun Posts: 23,348
Grown wide range of veg but never shallots before. Got some on order. They seem straightforward enough, in theory, but are they? I've got 12 "bulbs" (?) so I guess they are spaced further apart than onions but otherwise need same treatment.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,490

    Hi Verdun, Yes, the shallot bulbs will send out several shoots each and slowly 'split' with usually 6-8 new bulbs forming in a circle, so I grow them about 8-10 inches apart.  Like onions, they're greedy plants so give them plenty of feed.  I usually trowel a bit of fish, blood and bone into each planting position. Given a reasonable summer, they can produce a really good crop!

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • LeggiLeggi Posts: 489
    I love shallots, especially in stews, so planted some last October. As Bob said they need spacing further apart than onions as they spilt and form 'clumps'.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,097

    With onion sets I just push them into the prepared soil as they are small. Shallots are bigger so I plant them with a trowel leaving just the tips showing and I leave more room between them. They grow really well here. Rewarding to harvest.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    I'd get them going as soon as possible.  Christmas is the traditional time to plant them.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,097

    Shows I'm a bit on a different timetable to the UK. In Dordogne the winters can be very cold and the summers very hot, so I plant shallots March/April. In fact, the RHS says from mid Nov to mid March, so lots of flexibilty.

  • one of the best crops to plant in my book, have you SEEN the price/kilo of shallots in the supermarket? It's essentially how I decide what to grow, the things we eat the most, and how expensive they are in the shops against the difficulty. I find shallots very very simple to grow, and they go great in caseroles stews, most things!! Plant in well prepared ground about 8-10 inches apart and keep watered and weeded, that's it!!

  • PentilliePentillie Posts: 411
    Learning Slowly talks of the price of shallots in supermarkets - what about the price of shallot sets in garden centres? At the current price,do ensure that you save a couple of dozen grown this year for planting next year - it's a bit like saving runner bean seeds - all being well you can sow for years at no cost.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,097

    I don't even know the prices, I have been saving them, for planting,  from the previous year for years.

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