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Shallots

Allium ascalonicum

Also known as

Wild Onion

Allium ascalonicum flower by Ayacop (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

30cm

40cm

Min

20cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Shallots Overview

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.

Shallots Companion Plants

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

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.

Division

Bulblets can be removed from the mother in the dormant season.

Special features of Shallots

Pot plant

Shallots take up little space, so they can be grown in wide containers.

Crop rotation

Medium Feeder

Other uses of Shallots

Culinary

Edible

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.

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