Shallots Growing Guide

Shallots

Crop Rotation Group

Allium (Onion family) 

Soil

Fertile, well drained soil with compost dug in. In clay soil, use raised beds or rows.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Yes.

Feeding

Not normally required.

Companions

Beetroot, Chamomile, Cabbage, Carrot, Silver Beet, Strawberry and Tomato.

Spacing

Single Plants: 15cm (5") each way (minimum)
Rows: 10cm (3") with 15cm (5") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Easiest to sow as sets (tiny bulbs) which are planted direct into the soil from early winter onwards. Can also be grown from seed in which case start in pots under cover in late winter before planting out mid spring.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Used instead of onions for an earlier crop and concentrated flavour. Not recommended for growing in the tropics.

Harvesting

Harvest from mid summer as soon as they reach a reasonable size. If storing them, wait until the tops start to die down and dry for about 10 days.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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