How do you grow shallots from sets?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 17 February 2014 11:17 am

Choose a sunny position where the soil is well drained. 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 of 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 clusters with a hand fork, separate them and allow themto dry in the sun or indoors 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 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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