Shallots

VerdunVerdun Posts: 23,348

For the first time I'm growing shallots.  Never grown them before....never really thought I like them.

Thing is, how do I pick them?  Do I dig up a clump....I have 4 or 5 in each clump......and replace one to comtinue growing or what?  I know it's a common thing to grow and should know but I dont.  

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  • XX Posts: 707

    I've grown them before Verdun and just dug up each clump of 4-5, I didn't replant any that were part of the clumps but did have a few pots of successional plantings though. Don't know whether another clump would grow from a shallot that was already fully grown? 

  • Hi V. I have always picked the clump as they are all ready at the same time. Like onions when the foliage collapses you should break the roots by easing up the clump and let it rest taking up the remaining goodness, and drying out ready for storage. You should be able to store dry. I use mine for cooking, rather than pickling them which in my book is a waste of a perfectly good vegetable. Otherwise why not just drink the vinegar?image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,719

    Not grown them either Verd but I'd have thought they would just be like onions? Are they grown differently from other members of onion family?

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,473

    Verdun, I lift the lot after the leaves have died back like WW.

    Fairygirl: You plant one shallot from the previous year and it splits into several new shallots which grow outwards in a circle.  When you cut a mature shallot open, you can see there are several parts, a bit like a garlic bulb but not separated by skin into cloves.  Each part grows into a new bulb the next year:

    http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/botany/shallot-info.htm

     

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,719

    Bob - you learn something new every day! Fascinating. Never realised that's how they grew. image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,719

    Looked at the link Bob. Didn't realise they were members of the lily family- hence the 'bulbil' type cloves-  rather than onion. Despite being an allium image 

    Very interesting - if confusing! image

  • Birdy13Birdy13 Posts: 538

    I grew shallots last year, not particularly good crop and, having a rather difficult year anyway I lost interest and must have left a few in the ground. This year they've grown with no help from me - along with some stray onions and garlic bulbs which seem to be determined to show me they can do it properly!

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,719

    Verd- tomatoes....image

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