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Shallot Bulb Growing Instructions
Prepare your bed by turning under or tilling in compost or well-rotted manure. Separate multiple bulbs and plant each individual bulb, root end down. Plant shallots 1” deep, 4-6” apart in 18” spaced rows roots side down, just deep enough so that the tip lies level with the soil surface. Shallots will form a cluster of 5-12 bulbs around the original bulb. This cluster will spread out more than a garlic bulb and therefore requires more space between plants.
Do not use mulch as it may rot bulbs, which are not strong enough to push through mulch. After planting shallots, water well or lightly in heavy soils, and only water again when the soil is dry. Remember, shallots love water and food, but they must have good drainage or the bulbs will rot.
In the spring, feed the shallots with either composted manure or a well-balanced fertilizer before the bulbs begin to enlarge. Keep the bulbs well watered and weeded; they grow best with at least 1" of water per week. Remove any seed stalks that form to focus the shallots' energy into forming bulbs. Shallots should be spring planted in very cold areas.
Harvest the shallots when the tops are drying. You can tell the bulbs are mature when the tops yellow and die (most plants can be harvested after 3 months); Pull up the clusters and cure in a warm but shady place with ventilation. Regardless of what you read elsewhere, do not leave your shallots in the sun to cure, because they might sunburn and rot. Store your shallots in mesh bags (like onion sacks) in a cool dry area.. You should let the bulbs dry for about a month. They can be stored for up to 8 months if kept at their optimum storage temperature of 35°-45°F.
The delicate sweetness of Shallots has long been popular in French cuisine with good reason. Never bitter, Shallots add distinctive flavor to vinaigrette dressings, elegant sauces and savory winter soups. We like to sauté loads of finely chopped shallots in butter and freeze them as a thin layer in plastic, self-locking freezer bags. It is so convenient to take out a thin envelope of sautéed shallots and snap off a piece when making classic mussels meuniere, pan seared scallops with a finishing beurre blance sauce or Sunday morning gruyere omelets. Hardiness zones: 4-10.
Each 1-pound Shallot Set is enough to plant a 20-foot row. The number of little bulbs per set varies annually. On average, a 1-pound Shallot Set will yield 10 to 15 times as many mature Shallots. To plant, separate the bulbs and plant individually, 1" deep and 4" to 6" apart in rows spaced 18" apart. Dark green shoots will emerge within a couple of weeks of planting.
Shallot Sets may not be shipped to Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, Washington or Hawaii (seeds are OK).
#3230 Ambition Shallots: 100 days|
Best raised as transplants sown indoors 4 to 6 weeks prior to setting out after the last spring frost date,
these mild, purple-skinned shallots are easily grown from seed as transplants. Space seed evenly, 1” apart, so you can grow shallots to 4” in the first pot. Plant out into slightly warm soil in the spring. As tops wilt in the fall, withhold water, then pull and cure like onions. Store in a cool, dry place. Ambition shallots add traditional French savor to any vinaigrette and their delicate sweetness is magnified by frying lightly in butter to grace various types of sauces, soups or hearty stews.
(F1.)Average seed life: 3 years
Packet of 60 Seeds / $4.25
#8095 French Gray Shallots Bulb Sets: 100 days|
The rich creamy flavor and texture of French shallots elevate the delicacy of almost any recipe. These sets are little individual bulbs that you plant to yield ten to 15 times as many shallots. Its dark green shoots will poke through the soil within weeks of planting. We will ship one pound of choice bulbs to you in early fall. One pound will plant roughly 20 feet of row: enough to keep shallot lovers happy! Hardiness zones: 5-9.
#8095 French Gray Shallots
Not widely available, French Gray Shallots are considered to be the “true shallot” by discriminating chefs due to their especially rich flavor. These prized bulbs are pear-shaped with tough, thick, gray-blue, wrinkled skins concealing creamy purple flesh. Although it takes quite a bit more time to peel them, it is worth it because they have an out-of-this-world, luxuriant flavor all their own. As with many of the most exotic or rare delicacies, they are not long-keepers and must be savored shortly after harvest or cooked and frozen for later enjoyment. One pound of sets shipped to you in the early fall!
Packet of one pound of sets Seeds / $19.95
#8100 French Red Shallot Fall-Shipped Bulb Sets: 100 days|
The rich creamy flavor and texture of French shallots elevate the delicacy of almost any recipe. These sets are little individual bulbs that you plant to yield ten to 15 times as many shallots. Its dark green shoots will poke through the soil within weeks of planting. We will ship one pound of choice bulbs to you in early fall. One pound will plant roughly 20 feet of row: enough to keep shallot lovers happy! Hardiness zones: 4-10. In cold zones plant in early spring.
Fall-Shipped French Red Shallots
A good variety for novice shallot-growers, our French Red Shallots are amazingly productive; are easy to peel and dice and have an intense, spicy flavor. In the summer, when the top greens start to die back, they will yield shallots the size of chestnuts with coppery russet skins and purple pink flesh. Plus, they store very well, in fact, they can last up to a year when stored properly in a cool, dry spot (between 50 to 60 F). One pound of sets shipped to you in the early fall!
Packet of one pound of sets Seeds / $18.95
#8101 Shallot Sets Planting Instructions|
Shallot and Onion Sets are So Easy to Grow
Few things in life are easier than growing Shallot and Onion Sets. Prepare their bed in a nice spot with well-draining, neutral pH soil with a minimum of six hours of daily sunlight. Incorporate neutral pH compost, well-rotted manure or a well-balanced fertilizer as necessary. Separate multiple bulbs and plant each individual bulb, root end down, 1” deep and 4” to 6” apart in rows spaced 18” apart. Once planted, bulb tips should be level with the soil surface. Do not mulch because the dark green shoots that appear within a couple of weeks of planting are not strong enough to push through mulch and may rot. After planting and over the course of the season, water at the rate of about 1” of water per week if rainfall is sparse and the soil becomes dry (lighter in heavy soil). Easy to grow, Shallots and Onions love water and food. Weed the bed regularly and remove any seed stalks so that the plant’s energy focuses on bulb formation. Stop watering once the tops begin to brown and dry out, and the bulbs have reached maturity. Once harvested, dry and cure Shallots (for one month) and Onions (for two to three weeks) in a warm spot out of direct sunlight with good air circulation. Do not dry and cure them outside or in the sun where they can get sunburned and rot. Once cured, both Shallots and Onions should be stored in mesh bags in a cool dry area for up to eight months at an optimum storage temperature of 35° to 45°F. (Due to state mandated agricultural restrictions, Onion Sets may not be shipped to Idaho, Nevada, Washington or Hawaii: seeds are OK.)
In horticultural zone 4 and colder, Shallots should be planted as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring. Each one-pound Shallot Set is enough to plant a 20-foot row. The number of little bulbs per set varies annually based on the harvest. On average, a one-pound Shallot Set will yield 10 to 15 times as many mature Shallots. Shallots will form a cluster of five to 12 bulbs around each original “mother” bulb thereby requiring minimum 4” spacing. Once the green tops yellow and dry out after about three months, Shallots may be harvested by pulling them up in clusters. (Note: French Gray Shallots may be stored for up to two months at an optimum storage temperature of 50° to 60°F.)
Packet of Seeds / $0.00