How do you grow shallots from sets?
Posted by Suttons Staff on 20 January 2014 01:50 PM

Choose a sunny position and a well-drained soil that was manured for the previous crop.

Plant shallot sets 25cm (10") apart in rows 40cm (16") apart from mid-November to mid-March (dependant on variety). Gently push them into soft, well-worked soil so that the tip is just showing and firm the soil around them.

Water if the weather is dry and remove any flower spikes as soon as they are seen. This will allow your shallots to put all their energy into producing a bumper crop of bulbs.

Your shallots will be ready to harvest when the foliage starts to turn yellow in July. Lift the bulb clusters with a hand fork, separate them and allow them to dry in the sun or somewhere dry if it is wet outside. Shallots can be kept for long term storage for up to a year (variety dependant) if kept in a cool dry place.

Don't have a garden?

Your shallots will grow perfectly happily in a window box or a container on a sunny patio. Plant one bulb to a 15cm (6") pot and keep the compost moist until the leaves start to yellow, then just let them dry out ready to harvest.




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