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Growing Shallots, also Eschalots

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Shallots in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Plant small bulblets, with stem just showing above ground. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 - 8 inches apart
  • Harvest in 12-15 weeks. Keep a few for your next planting.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Lemon Balm, Borage, Carrots, Beets, Silverbeet, Lettuce, Amaranth
  • Avoid growing close to: Peas, Beans
  • "Tree Onions" (commons.wikimedia.org - Liez - CC BY 3.0)

Shallots are grown from small bulbs kept from the main plant. Once they are established, you can keep your supply going indefinitely by saving a few bulblets each year.

A type of small mild multiplying onion, popular in French cooking.

Tree onions or 'walking onions' produce bulbs at the top of the stem.

Shallots are not spring onions and are quite different to the green bunching "Eschallots" (Allium fistulosum) which, just to confuse us, are also called shallots in Eastern Australia.

They are more like garlic in their growth as they form a clump of bulbs at the base of the stem.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Shallots

Use in any recipe instead of onions
Can be cooked whole, braised gently with other vegetables.
Sometimes pickled.

Your comments and tips

04 Aug 19, Rosemary Smit (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I have a salad and herb garden at my restaurant. Where to go to buy shallot seedlings or bulbs. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Rosemary.0728844936.
16 Aug 19, Danielle Botes (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi There Check out https://www.seedsforafrica.co.za/search?q=shallot for most seed- courier all over SA :)
05 Aug 19, Melinda P Schwab (USA - Zone 8b climate)
https://www.dixondalefarms.com/category/shallots this is where we get ours, but not sure about shipping to your area.
19 Jul 19, Bakholise (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Where can i buy shallots seedlings or do styres sell seeds for them?, i need them for my research.
11 Jul 19, Reg George (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Were can I buy shallots seeds in za
23 Mar 19, Hilary Williams (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Would like to buy shallot seeds . Have had not luck on any site . Why is this.?
24 Mar 19, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Shallots are listed by Egmonts Seeds online .
15 Jan 19, Yvonne (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Where can I get shallot seeds and what does it cost.
08 Oct 18, Mike Bloom (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
What type of soil and preperation?
13 Aug 18, eileen burkitt (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I would like to grow shallot onions, where can I buy seeds or seedlings, please advise thank you
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