2 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Shallots are often confused with spring onions but are more similar to garlic in that the plant's base develops a number of onion-like offsets. Shallots have a very delicate flavour. They are a perfect low-maintenance crop for beginner gardeners, that take up little space. They are easily grown from seeds or sets.
Common problems with Shallots
Onion Maggots, White Rot.
How to harvest Shallots
Shallots are ready to harvest when the foliage turns yellow. A shallot should yield between 10 and 12 bulbs. Bulbs can be stored in a cool dry place or eaten immediately.
How to propagate Shallots
Seed can be sown directly or started indoors and transplanted later. Sow 1 cm deep and in rows 30 cm apart. When large enough, thin seedlings to 10-15 cm apart.
Bulblets can be removed from the mother in the dormant season.
Special features of Shallots
Shallots take up little space, so they can be grown in wide containers.
Other uses of Shallots
The bulb and leaves are edible. The bulb skin colour can vary from a golden brown to grey to red, and their off-white flesh is usually tinged green or reddish-purple.